Website Accessibility: It's Important to Ontario

What is Web Accessibility?

Those with disabilities can have difficulty interpreting websites. Although disabled visitors have tools to make accessing the internet easier, those tools can be inhibited by websites built outside of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), defined in the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).

Important Dates

January 1, 2014

If you are launching a new public website or doing a significant site refresh, the site and its content must conform to the World Wide Web Consortium Web Content (W3C) Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level A.

January 1, 2021

All public websites and web content must conform with at least WCAG 2.0 Level AA guidelines.

Why is Web Accessibility Important?

“Web accessibility benefits millions of users with disabilities, but it also benefits people without disabilities, like people using a slow Internet connection or people with changing abilities due to aging.

Under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (2), all private and non-profit organizations with 50 or more employees and all public sector organizations will need to make their websites accessible. This guide can help you better understand web accessibility and how to create a more accessible website.”

- Accessibility Ontario Pamphlet

Is your website accessible?

Did you know that an AODA compliant website also helps with search engine optimization? Search engines like Google, use these standards as a factor when ranking websites in search results.

Our team will audit your website, and review the detailed evaluation with you. And we’ll do this, with no obligation, for free - as part of our initiative to help making the web more accessible to everyone. Call us today to schedule a free web accessibility review.

Hamilton: 905-385-0546
Toronto: 416-800-1225

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