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AODA Resources

Resources on issues of accessibility and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA)

AODA Inspections

AODA Inspections allow the government to find out if businesses are complying with the Act. Inspectors can perform inspections with or without warrants. The AODA states that the deputy minister appoints inspectors. However, the Act does not state who a deputy minister is.

AODA Inspections

An inspector can enter a business without a warrant if the inspector believes the place contains relevant documents or things. However, the inspector must enter during the hours the place is open for business. Alternatively, if a place does not have business hours, an inspector must enter during daylight hours.

Municipal Accessibility Advisory Committees

Municipal Accessibility Advisory Committees advise city councils about how to comply with the requirements of the AODA. Cities with ten thousand (10,000) or more people must have a municipal accessibility advisory committee. In contrast, cities with less than ten thousand (10,000) people do not need a committee. Nonetheless, a small city or town can still create a committee. Alternatively, two or more towns or cities can create a joint accessibility advisory committee. More than half of committee members must be people with disabilities.

The Accessibility Directorate of Ontario

The Accessibility Directorate of Ontario (ADO) helps to implement the AODA through advising the Minister. In addition, the ADO supports organizations within and outside government and teaches the public about the AODA’s purpose and goals.

The Minister in Charge of the AODA

The government assigns one member of the Executive Council to be the Minister in charge of the AODA. Throughout the Act, this person is simply called the Minister. In this article, we will outline the tasks and responsibilities that the Minister is in charge of.

The Accessibility Standards Advisory Council

The Accessibility Standards Advisory Council assists the Minister who is in charge of the AODA by offering advice. More than half of Council members must be people with disabilities.