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There’s a Business Case for Accessibility Legislation

Marie Bountrogianni
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published September 7, 2018

Dean, G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education, Ryerson University, Toronto

First and foremost, national accessibility legislation is an act of human rights and inclusion. Nobody wants to live in isolation or feel forgotten by society. Through my research on employment trends, I found that a large majority of people with disabilities have a strong desire to work and pay taxes. Unfortunately, these individuals still make up a disproportionate number of people working in jobs below their skill level, a trend called mal-employment.


AODA Requirements for Businesses and Non-Profits with 20-49 Workers

The AODA has different requirements for different kinds of workplaces, depending on whether they are public or private and how many workers they have. Here we outline the AODA requirements for businesses and non-profits with 20-49 workers.

How to Count Workers

First, to find out which set of rules your private or non-profit business needs to comply with, you need to know how to count your workers. You must count every worker who is:


AODA Requirements for Businesses and Non-Profits with 1-19 Workers

The AODA has different requirements for different kinds of workplaces, depending on whether they are public or private and how many workers they have. Here we outline the AODA requirements for businesses and non-profits with 1-19 workers.

How to Count Workers

First, to find out which set of rules your private or non-profit business needs to comply with, you need to know how to count your workers. You must count every worker who is:


Hamiltonians Forming Disability Justice Network of Ontario

The Disability Justice Network of Ontario, while based in Hamilton only for the time being, will launch Sept. 13. by Carmela Fragomeni
The Hamilton Spectator

From left to right: Shanthiya Baheerathan, Sarah Jama, and Eminet Dagnachew have formed the Disability Justice Network. – Disability Justice Network

A new Hamilton network aimed at empowering the city’s disabled residents is set to launch in September, with an eventual goal of expanding across the province in three years, to “build a just and accessible Ontario.”


AODA Requirements for Private and Non-Profit Businesses with 50 or More Workers

The AODA has different requirements for different kinds of workplaces, depending on whether they are public or private and how many workers they have. Here we outline the AODA requirements for private and non-profit businesses with 50 or more workers.

How to Count Workers

First, to find out which set of rules your private or non-profit business needs to comply with, you need to know how to count your workers. You must count every worker who is: