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Re: International Accessibility Laws and Standards


From: zara
Date: Nov 30, 2004 11:47AM


I thought the December 31rst 2002 deadline as well as the obligation to
conform with Priority 2 of WCAG applied to the federal CLF standards. I was
not aware that Ontario as a province had adopted the same obligations.
Could you point me to the relevant documentation please ?


Catherine Roy


----- Original Message -----
From: "julian.rickards"
To: "WebAIM Discussion List"
Sent: Tuesday, November 30, 2004 1:15 PM
Subject: Re: [WebAIM] International Accessibility Laws and Standards

> ODA was passed in December 2001 but Ministries of the Province of Ontario
> had until December 31, 2002 to bring their web sites in compliance with
> Priority 2 which was set as the standard to meet. I was one of those hired
> to assist with this endeavour and have been able to maintain my position
> here.
> It should be noted, and any Canadians who know better should speak up,
> the Federal legislation does not extend beyond the Federal web sites,
> Section 508 which, if I remember what I have read, does at times extend to
> college, university and other web sites which receive funding from a
> particular envelope. Therefore, provinces may either enact similar
> legislation to that of the Federal government, enact their own, or none at
> all. It is my understanding that most provinces do not have legislation
> deals with web accessibility. I am however, uncertain as to the status of
> the Territories who are under the jurisdiction of the Federal government.
> Jules
> -----Original Message-----
> From: zara [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ]
> Here is a little more info for Canada and France.
> In Canada, the province of Ontario adopted the Ontarians with Disabilities
> Act, 2001[1] on December 14th 2001.
> Article 5 stipulates :
> In deciding to purchase goods or services through the procurement process
> for the use of itself, its employees or the public, the Government of
> Ontario shall have regard to the accessibility for persons with
> to the goods or services. 2001, c. 32, s. 5.
> Article 6 stipulates :
> The Government of Ontario shall provide its internet sites in a format
> is accessible to persons with disabilities, unless it is not technically
> feasible to do so. 2001, c. 32, s. 6.
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