Condo Accessibility- New Standards

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The clock is ticking for condominium buildings: beginning January 1, 2012, private sector organizations in Ontario will be required to comply with the first of five standards to be developed under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

The purpose of the Act is to develop standards to reduce barriers that limit the full participation of people with disabilities in various aspects of society; specifically access to goods and services, employment, transportation, and information and communications.

The first of these five standards, the Accessibility Standards for Customer Service, is currently in force for designated public sector organizations. As of next year, the standard will apply to any organization providing goods or services “to members of the public or other third parties and that has at least one employee in Ontario”. The definition is broad enough to capture condominiums which provide services (concierge, reception, etc.) to members of the public (this could include visitors for instance) or third parties (other organizations).

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Published In: Administrative Agency Updates, Business Organization Updates, Civil Rights Updates, Residential Real Estate Updates

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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