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AODA is a provincial law that requires organizations to become more accessible to people with physical disabilities. In Section 14 of the AODA guidelines it states that as of January 1, 2014, public sector and organizations with 50 or more employees in Ontario must meet to WCAG 2.0 Level “A” standards, if developing a new website this also applies to content published after January 1, 2012.
On the web, Ontarians who have impared vision, hearing and other physical and intellectual disabilities, may have difficulty accessing the content you display on your website. Those with visual impairments for instance may rely on screen readers which is software that reads a website to them in audio format. If a website isn’t coded to meet WCAG 2.0 Level A or AA standards, tools such as a screen reader will not be able to provide this visitor the information they require.
The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act helps make the web more accessible for all Ontarians. Therefore, in 2005, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) was passed in the Province of Ontario. This act required all organizations to become more accessible for people with disabilities.
As of January 1, 2014 all public sector and private organizations over 50 employees based in Ontario who are createing new websites must have them developed to meet WCAG 2.0 Level “A”. Furthermore, as of January 1, 2012, those same organizations must have their website(s) (new or not) comply with WCAG 2.0 Level “AA” and that when their website is obligated to meet WCAG 2.0 compliance, content published on such website after January 1, 2012 must also meet the appropriate level of compliance (Level “A” in 2014 and increasing to “AA” in 2021).