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Procurement

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It’s also important to incorporate accessibility criteria into procurement and buying practices. This may make a significant impact on preventing new accessibility barriers and addressing existing ones.

  • For example, your organization might set accessibility criteria when procuring new computer software so that it can accommodate the needs of people with vision loss.

This requirement applies to the Government of Ontario, the Legislative Assembly, and designated public sector organizations, which must:

  • Incorporate accessibility design, criteria and features in procurement, except where it is not practicable to do so; for example, technological compatibility between older products and newer ones being procured.
  • Provide an explanation, on request, as to why accessibility design, criteria and features were not practicable to incorporate into the procurement; for example, when accessible goods, services, or facilities are not available.

When do you need to comply?

Organization Type Compliance By
Government of Ontario and Legislative AssemblyJanuary 1, 2012
Large designated public sector organizationsJanuary 1, 2013
Small designated public sector organizationsJanuary 1, 2014

Large and small organizations do not have procurement requirements.