Enacted on May 1, 2019, the Accessibility Standard for Employment calls on all employers to consider reasonable accommodation at various stages of employment as it applies to their organization. This includes recruitment, offer of employment, on the job, return to work, and training.

Safety comes first!                                                                       

To ensure the safety of employees with disabilities, all employers in the public, private and non-profit sectors must comply by May 1, 2020 with the following two requirements:

  1. Workplace Emergency Response Information
    • Create emergency response information to help employees with disabilities stay safe during emergencies.
  2. Workplace Emergency Assistance
    • Ask employees who require assistance during an emergency for permission to share information with individuals who agree to help.

To help you meet your employer obligations, please see our Workplace Emergency Response Information: Toolkit (PDF) (Word)

For a summary of the requirements and applicable timelines:

  • Checklist for Public Sector Organizations (PDF) (Word)
  • Checklist for Small Municipalities (PDF) (Word)

We can help.

The Disabilities Issues Office is in the process of preparing a number of tools to help you implement the Accessibility Standard for Employment, beginning with:

  • Guide to Create an Individualized Accommodation Plan Process and Policy – for Public Sector Organizations (PDF) (Word

Let us know how we can improve future editions.  Stay tuned for an Employers' Handbook and a policy template.


Learn more about the Accessibility Standard for Employment and how it affects you by registering for a free session.

Resources on the Accessibility Standard for Employment: