The Bottom Line is Waiting for the Government to move along the AODA is bad business; Using AODA to gain customers is smart business

Clearly the Provincial Government has their attention moved towards the current scandal with the cancellation of Gas Plants and the subsequent cover up. This means the AODA is stalled for many reasons by the Province.

Having said this Optimal Performance is still saying the same thing over again. Smart businesses will see that gaining access to 17-20% of the marketplace (with increasing percentages of the NA population growing annually). We will outline below the obfuscation and other tricks being played out at Queen’s Park.

We say let them all fight it out and waste time. Business owners, Building Owners and Managers who get this please contact our excellent team at Optimal Performance. We can commence an audit of your building, premises, policies and practices and keep you ahead of the curve in capturing a significant and wealthy part of the market!

-some groups are using the Freedom of Information Application to Get Access to Ontario Government’s Plans for Enforcing the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

-Conservative Party News Release Slams Ontario Government for Violating Disabilities Act and for not meeting with key Accessibility Standards Advisory Council members
August 15, 2013

-August 15, 2013, the AODA Alliance chair David Lepofsky filed a Freedom of Information application with the Ontario Government to access information about the Government’s commitment to enforce the AODA with businesses and employers in Ontario.

-the key question David Lepofsky asked the Province is “how many private sector organizations have filed mandatory Accessibility Reports under the AODA”?

“How many private sector organizations have not filed thus far?”

-“what plans the Government has to enforce the AODA and how many officials have been designated under the AODA as enforcement “directors” and “inspectors.”

“how many organizations have been audited or inspected under the AODA, how many have been written to notify them that they need to comply, and how many have been issued a compliance order or administrative penalty for non-compliance?”

-“how much money has the Provincial Government budgeted for the Accessibility Directorate each year, and how much money has been spent annually to date?”

-August 13, 2013, Progressive Conservative MPP Toby Barrett issued a news release slamming the Liberals for not appointing the mandatory Independent Review of the AODA as “the legal deadline for the Ontario Government to appoint an Independent Review of the Accessibility for Ontarian’s with Disabilities Act has passed”. The deadline for this to occur under the law was May 31, 2013.

-the ASAC is the body which the Ontario Government appointed to develop all new accessibility standards under the AODA, and to conduct mandatory reviews of any existing accessibility standards that are five years old. The Government has not designated any new accessibility standards to be developed.”

Clearly it will be up to smart businesses to realize waiting for any government body to act on these matters is futile. We look forward to working with enlightened businesses who want to partner over the long-term to ensure skilled employees who

 for a job are able to work irrespective of their disability AND that businesses also see how much money is being left on the table by not marketing to the disabled and ageing consumer’s in Ontario and US. Contact us and let’s talk AODA@OptimalPerformance.ca or 1 888 768-2106Image

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