The Ontario government announced today that it is “exploring options” for a new accessibility certification program that will recognize leaders in accessibility similarly to the way LEED recognizes leaders in green building. It’s a move that comes as part of the government’s efforts to make the province fully accessible by 2025.
The government will develop a voluntary, third-party certification program with input from certification experts, disability advocates, industry, municipalities and non-profits. The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) will guide the program’s requirements.
Not only will the program acknowledge businesses and organizations that champion accessibility, but it will showcase the economic benefits of exceeding the minimum legal requirements.
“A new certification program can help make accessibility top of mind for businesses and their customers across the province,” said Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure Brad Duguid. “It’s another way we’re building an accessible province filled with economic and social opportunities for people of all abilities, and I look forward to working with all of our partners to make this a reality.”