Information and Communications Standards Development Committee’s Initial Recommendations Report

The Information and Communications Standards Development Committee’s Initial Recommendations Report has been posted online for public comment.  Under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 the report must be posted for public comment for a period of 45 business days. The comment period will close on September 27, 2019.

Feedback will be used by the Committee to finalize its recommendations before they are submitted to the Minister for Seniors and Accessibility.

You can read the report on the Ministry for Seniors & Accessibility website here or download this accessible Word version: I-C Standards Development Committee Initial Recommendations Report

The report contains 31 recommendations and is separated into Phase 1 and Phase 2.

Phase 1

The committee began its review of the current Information & Communications Standard in March 2017, and developed and voted on 30 recommendations addressing the following key areas:

  • the structure of the regulation
  • feedback
  • accessible formats, communications supports and websites
  • information about emergency procedures and public safety
  • educational resources and training
  • libraries (including schools)

Phase 2

Phase 2 contains a proposal for culture change in Ontario. It outlines a new model that would transform and modernize how accessibility is regulated in the province.

It would allow organizations to continuously adapt and improve their websites, web content and technology up to and beyond 2025.

Provide feedback on this report by completing Phase 1 and 2 surveys online, or by sending your feedback by email to icsdc@ontario.caDeadline September 27, 2019

For an opportunity to think about the questions before completing the surveys, you can download a Word version of the Phase 1 and 2 survey questions:

I-C Standards Initial Recommendations Report Phase 1 Survey Questions

I-C Standards Initial Recommendations Report Phase 2 Survey Questions