AODA

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Helping Businesses
Become AODA Compliant

Deliver a Web Experience for
All Ontario Residents

As an Ontario business owner providing online services and products, you need to be inclusive and deliver a website experience that is accessible to everyone. This means developing and designing your website content, tools, and functionality so it can be accessed by all residents of Ontario,
regardless of their ability.

Did You Know That?

2.6 million

People in Ontario have a Disability

1 in 7

People living in Ontario have a Disability

22% of Canadians

15 years or older have one or more Disability

What is AODA
Website Compliance?

AODA (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act) Website compliance is the requirement of Ontario businesses and organizations to ensure their websites meet accessibility standards as set out in Section 508 of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG).

WCAG 2.0 requires a website to be:

  • Perceivable
  • Operable
  • Understandable
  • Robust
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Who needs to be AODA Compliant and
why is it important?

AODA requires all businesses, and organizations in Ontario with 50+ or more employees, in both the public, private and non-profit sectors, to be fully accessible to people with disabilities by 2025.

AODA defines the requirements to ensure accessibility for all Ontarians.
It addresses five areas:

Information and
Communications
Design of
Public Spaces
Customer
Service
Transportation
Employment

We can help you meet AODA Compliance

Get a Free AODA website compliance Audit. Fill out the form and a Tangentia team member will be in touch.

Visit Ontario.ca to Downloadthe Compliance Report

The steps to becoming AODA Compliant

When working toward becoming AODA website compliant, there are a number of steps to follow to ensure full compliance. These include:

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Perform a website audit of all pages and features on your current website to determine its level of AODA compliance.
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If your website isn’t up to compliance, have an AODA expert help design your website to become fully compliant.
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Conduct user accessibility testing and get feedback on your new or updated website features from people with disabilities.
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Track all accessibility updates made, so you can view your progress and be prepared for a government AODA website compliance audit.

What makes a website AODA Compliant?

An AODA compliant website will present all information on the site in different ways to accommodate the different needs of individuals. This is the case for all online obligations, including:

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Information and Communications

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Customer Service

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Employment
Standards

There are a number of criteria that make a
website AODA compliant. These include:

readability

READABILITY

Use a clean typeface that is legible. It’s recommended to have a body text that is a minimum of 16px and a heading that is a minimum size of 18px

headings

HEADINGS

All headings must include tags that are used by assistive technologies to navigate a website.

images

IMAGES

All images are required to include alternative text that explains the content of the image.Avoid using embedded text on top of images.

links

LINKS

Links should be in the form of a phrase, rather than hyperlinked text, to aid navigation by a
screen reader.

audio video

AUDIO AND VIDEO

All websites must include captions and/or transcripts for videos and podcasts to make these accessible for the hearing impaired.

color

COLOR

The foreground and background colors of all websites must have a contrast ratio of 4.5:1 for people who are color blind.

Become AODA Compliant Today

Tangentia can help your business become AODA website compliant. Book a free website audit to see if your website meets Ontario AODA Compliance standards.