How Canada Can Make Better Progress on Disability Inclusion

OPINION: Canada has set an ambitious goal to become a “barrier-free society” by 2040. A new approach could help us get there


Walmart Sued by US Agency Over Test That Screened Out Disabled Workers

The U.S. agency that enforces workplace discrimination laws said on Wednesday that it had sued Walmart Inc (WMT.N) over allegations it fired hourly workers with disabilities who could not pass a computer-based test.


Brockton Council Opts for One Accessible Parking Spot in Front of Post Office

BROCKTON – Council has selected the option that will see one accessible parking space at the post office moved to a new location where the sidewalk is sloped. By Pauline Kerr, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter The Walkerton Herald Times Friday, September 8, 2023

The accessible parking spot has been at the corner of Scott and Peter streets, where the sidewalk had been sloped for accessibility. The sidewalk is no longer sloped at that intersection, creating a challenge for those with mobility issues trying to get to the post office.

The middle of the sidewalk at 100 Scott St. is sloped in front of both the main entrance to the post office, and to the municipal office, making it a better location for the accessible parking spot.

Brandon Needs to Improve ‘Awful’ Accessibility, Says Wheelchair User

With election coming, advocacy groups say more needs to be done to implement Manitoba’s Accessibility Act


Opinion: TIFF Highlights Toronto’s Accessibility Challenges

Shining a spotlight on inaccessibility at TIFF screening venues By Emily Carlucci – Published September 17, 2023

The Toronto International Film Festival is an extravaganza that transforms the city into a hub of film enthusiasts, celebrities, and industry professionals every September. While TIFF is renowned for its cinematic offerings, focusing on the festival’s impact on the streets of Toronto can highlight the accessibility challenges surrounding TIFF and their broader implications for urban planning.

The accessibility challenge

TIFF attracts diverse audiences, including individuals with disabilities who face unique setbacks when navigating the festival and its surrounding streets.

According to the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), venues and events like TIFF are required to be accessible. However, in practice, several accessibility issues persist in the event’s structure.

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In this Issue

Toronto Man Wins Disability Accommodation Fight Against Air Canada

Community applauds decision, but says ultimate goal is to be able to fly in their wheelchairs.


From Kicked Off to Welcome Aboard: How a Blind Vancouver Paralympian was Hired by Virgin Cruise Line

Donovan Tildesley, 39, has been blind since birth. But that hasn’t stopped him from traveling the world.

“I was very blessed to have parents who encouraged me to do any and everything that someone with sight could do,” said Tildesley.


Walmart Class Action Alleges Website Not Equally Accessible to Blind, Visually Impaired Consumers

Plaintiff Ali Abdulhadi claims Walmart’s website contains access barriers to screen-reading software used by individuals who are blind or visually impaired to browse internet websites.


2023 AODA Compliance Report Deadline is Fast Approaching

September 11, 2023 Employment & Labour Relations Bulletin
Paul Boshyk, David Fanjoy

Another deadline under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (“AODA”) is fast approaching.

Businesses and not-for-profit organizations with 20 or more employees in Ontario, as well as designated public sector organizations, have until December 31, 2023 to file their latest accessibility compliance report.

An accessibility compliance report is an online, self-reporting mechanism that tells the Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility whether your organization is complying with the AODA and the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation (“IASR”). It contains such questions as:

  • Has your organization created and implemented written policies on how to achieve accessibility by meeting all applicable accessibility requirements in the IASR?