The third accessibility standard focuses on removing and preventing barriers that exist digitally, in-print or through interaction with technology or people. Organizations need to consider the ways in which Manitobans interact with or access information they provide, including on websites, to develop measures, policies and practices providing barrier-free information and communication.

The Accessibility Standard for Information and Communication:

  • Builds on existing requirements of Manitoba's Human Rights Code
  • Helps organizations identify, reduce and remove barriers for website users and members of the public trying to access information or contact them
  • Adopts globally recognized web content accessibility guidelines as a minimum requirement
  • Applies to all organizations in Manitoba with one or more employees

There are different timelines for organizations to meet the standard.

  • The Manitoba government will demonstrate leadership, complying within one year, by May 1, 2023.
  • Public sector organizations, libraries and educational institutions must comply by May 1, 2024.
    • Public sector organizations include Crown corporations, regional health authorities, municipal and regional libraries, Manitoba's 10 largest municipalities and government agencies, boards and commissions.
    • Educational institutions include colleges, universities, adult learning centres, private vocational institutions, private and public schools and their libraries.
  • Private sector, non-profit organizations and small municipalities must comply by May 1, 2025.
    • Private sector organizations include Manitoba businesses and organizations with one or more employees, such as shops, restaurants and professional services.
    • Non-profit organizations include charities, places of worship, community organizations and membership associations.

Standard Regulation

Resources

Foundational Documents: