TORONTO — The province of Ontario is auditing large organizations from the hospitality sector to verify compliance with requirements of the accessible employment standard, established under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).
The audited organizations will be asked to provide evidence they have a system in place for notifying internal and external job applicants of accommodations available for people with disabilities in all stages of the recruitment process. They must also prove that they will share policies for accommodating people with disabilities at the time of an employment offer.
The audits are being conducted by staff in the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario and will determine whether hospitality organizations are taking appropriate steps to ensure their employment practices are accessible.
Organizations found to be non-compliant will be offered tools and resources to help them understand and meet their requirements. In accordance with the requirements, which came into effect for private sector organizations with 50 or more employees on January 1, 2016, organizations that fail to comply will face inspections, notices of order, director’s orders and prosecution.