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Website Requirements and Timelines

To find out what requirements your organization must meet and by when, select the headings below:

Government of Ontario and the Legislative Assembly

To set an example for other organizations, the Government of Ontario and the Legislative Assembly have earlier deadlines in meeting the requirements.

Refer to the timelines tool for details.

All Designated Public Sector Organizations and Large Organizations

By January 1, 2014, new Internet websites and the web content available on these sites must conform with WCAG 2.0 Level A.

By January 1, 2021, all Internet websites must conform with WCAG 2.0 Level AA, and all web content available on these sites that was developed after January 1, 2012, must also conform. The exceptions are live captioning and pre-recorded audio descriptions.

Small Organizations (1 to 49 employees)

There are no website requirements for small organizations.

An organization’s external website that is available to the public and contains a collection of related web pages, images, videos or other digital assets. It is accessible through an Internet address known as a Uniform Resource Identifier.
Text alternative provided in real-time for information captured for a live event. Provides both speech and non-speech audio information needed to understand the content including sound effects, music, laughter, speaker identification and location.
Narration added to the soundtrack of visual media (including television and film, dance, opera, and visual art). Describes important visual details that cannot be understood from the main soundtrack alone. Consists of a narrator describing the on-screen action during the natural pauses in the audio. Often used by people with vision loss.
A quick reference chart providing the deadlines for meeting the requirements of the regulation based on organizational class and size. Can be viewed in the Additional Training Resources section of the AccessForward website.