As mandated by the Ontario government on January 1, 2013, accessibility criteria and features must be incorporated into all procurement practices. It is the responsibility of each staff or faculty member procuring or acquiring goods, services or facilities to consider and apply the appropriate accessibility criteria to their procurement decisions. If it is not practicable to incorporate accessibility criteria or features, you must be ready to provide an explanation upon request.
Units are responsible for reviewing the points below and implementing procurement practices that meet legislated requirements.
Under the AODA Integrated Accessibility Standards, "designated public sector organizations shall incorporate accessibility criteria and features when procuring or acquiring goods, services, or facilities, except where it is not practicable to do so." The regulation also specifies that self-serve kiosks purchased after January 1, 2013 must incorporate accessibility features. If it is not practicable to incorporate accessibility criteria and features into the good, service or facility you are purchasing, you are required to provide an examplantion upon request.
Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act
Learn more about Accessibility at Western.