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Why AODA Website Compliance Is A Must!

Why AODA Website Compliance Is A Must!

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The mandatory AODA website compliance deadline is fast approaching.  Are you ready?


The Act was enacted in 2005, with its purpose being to develop, implement and enforce accessibility standards related to “goods, services, facilities, accommodation, employment, buildings, structures and premises” no later than January 1, 2021. The goal of the legislation, as it relates to websites, is simply to make website content accessible to everyone including Ontarians with disabilities.

Business websites that fail to comply will face serious fines.

Imagine the following scenario: you’re blind and you need to send an e-transfer, but you’re unable to access your bank account online because your bank’s website hasn’t been made accessible to the visually impaired.

Examples like this remind able-bodied people of how many things we take for granted, and why we need legislation like the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

AODA Website Compliance

If you want your website to be more accessible and meet all the requirements outlined in the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, visit The Best Media’s AODA compliance service page.

How AODA Compliance Applies to Websites

This act deals with a wide range of aspects related to accessibility.  But for the purpose of this blog, I’m going to focus solely on websites.

The rules that apply to websites in the act are referred to as the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG).

The video below is from the World Wide Web Consortium, which drafted the guidelines, and it provides some more details on them and how they can improve user experience for everyone.


WCAG Principles of Accessibility

These guidelines are based on four principles that outline how web content can be made accessible to everyone.

1. Perceivable

User interface (UI) components and information on the web must be perceivable for all users.


2. Operable

All users must be able to operate navigation and UI components, and the interface should not necessitate actions that users can’t perform.


3. Understandable

Every user must be able to understand the information on websites and how to operate their UI.


4. Robust

Content on the web should be interpretable by all users, should be compatible with assistive technologies and the content should remain accessible as these technologies advance.


Each principle contains several guidelines for ensuring that these standards are met, but there is a ton of stuff in there, so check out the WCAG quick reference guide if you want to know more.


The Bottom Line

Admittedly, the requirements outlined in the AODA are incredibly exhaustive, not least in how they apply to websites.

But unless you’re self-employed and have no employees, can prove that the content on your site is not under your control, or that it’s impossible to implement these changes, refusing to comply can result in some serious financial consequences – this includes fines of up to $100,000 per day.

As of January 1, 2021, the province is going to start cracking down on websites and web content that fail to meet these requirements.

However, business owners shouldn’t consider this a burden, but rather, an opportunity.

According to Accessibility Ontario, more than 15 per cent of Ontarians have a disability.

If you’re neglecting the needs of such a large percentage of Ontario’s population, it could be affecting your reputation, not to mention your bottom line.

So why not take this opportunity to help disabled Ontarians, many of whom would be proud to give their business to a company that addresses their needs?

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Not sure where to begin when it comes to making sure your website is AODA compliant? Contact The Best Media and let our experts take care of it for you.


Rob Pacinelli

Roberto Pacinelli is the VP of The Best Media and Senior Digital Marketing Strategist with a career in digital marketing spanning over 19 years. Roberto and The Best Media have helped thousands of small, medium and large businesses succeed online across Canada, USA and the world with many business owners recognizing Roberto and his team as their Key to Success in helping their businesses earn millions of dollars as a result. Call Roberto Pacinelli at 416 253 0934 or email him at roberto@thebestmedia.com.