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Why be compliant

Get a better understanding of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. Below are some frequent questions and answers about AODA. The answers below are sourced from informative websites, including some from the Government of Ontario. For a full list of source links, go to our Resources page.

Frequently Asked Questions

QUESTION: Who has to comply with the AODA?

ANSWER: As stated in the Government of Ontario’s website: “By law, you must make new and significantly refreshed public websites accessible if you are:

  • a private or non-profit organization with 50+ employees; or
  • a public sector organization

The organization that controls the website must meet the accessibility requirements.” (source)

QUESTION: What happens when your website doesn’t comply?

ANSWER:  AODA allows for severe maximum monetary penalties for any violation to the Act. The maximum penalties under the AODA include:

  • A person and unincorporated organizations that are guilty of a major offence under this Act can be fined up to $50,000 for each day the violation continues
  • A corporation that is guilty can be fined up to $100,000 per day
  • Directors and officers of a corporation with fiduciary responsibility who are guilty are liable to a fine of up to $50,000 a day


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QUESTION: How is the AODA enforced?

ANSWER: Through web content reviews, compliance decrees and monetary penalties; websites are now being checked on a regular basis. The Ontario government performs audits on organizations, and those who fail to comply are open to audits. Visit this page for more information.

QUESTION: When is the deadline?

ANSWER: Beginning January 1, 2021: all public websites and web content posted after January 1, 2012 must meet WCAG 2.0 Level AA. (source)

QUESTION: Why is the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act a law?

ANSWER: The AODA law works in conjunction with The Ontario Human Rights Code. As stated in the OHRC website (source): “...The law is for everyone. It is a provincial law that gives everybody equal rights and opportunities without discrimination in areas such as jobs, housing, and services.” In our particular case, the law pertains to giving everyone equal access to websites. Moreover, its goal is to prevent discrimination and harassment because of race, sex, disability, and age, to name a few of the 17 grounds. All other Ontario laws must agree with the Code

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Do you still have more questions? Don't know what you need to do? Contact us!

Each day that passes we get closer to the deadline for your website to be compliant. Get in touch with us today and set up a free website consultation. We will work with you hand in hand to assess your website and give you suggestions on the next steps in order to meet and exceed the AODA standards.

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