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Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP ("Gowling WLG Canada") is committed to providing an accessible and inclusive environment in which all individuals have equal access to its services as required by the Accessibility Standards for Customer Service, O. Regulation 429/07 ("ASCS") made under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005.
To that end, Gowling WLG Canada will take steps to ensure that anyone with a disability who visits its premises or who accesses its services will be able to do so in a manner that respects their dignity and independence. Gowling WLG Canada will make every reasonable effort to ensure that its policies, practices and procedures respecting accessibility will be consistent with the principles of independence, dignity, integration and equality of opportunity, as outlined in the ASCS.
Copies of Gowling WLG Canada's policies developed and implemented to meet the requirements of the ASCS are available upon request. If required to provide a copy of our policies to a person with a disability, Gowling WLG Canada will provide the person with the policies or the information contained in the policies in a format that takes the persons disability into account and as agreed upon by Gowling WLG Canada and the person with a disability.
Our Accessibility Commitment
Gowling WLG Canada is committed to ensuring equal access and participation for people with disabilities. We are committed to treating people with disabilities in a way that allows them to maintain their dignity and independence. We are committed to meeting the needs of people with disabilities in a timely manner.
In 2005, the government of Ontario passed the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) with the goal of ensuring greater accessibility for Ontarians with disabilities by 2025. To help public, private, and non-profit organizations identify, prevent, and remove barriers to accessibility, the AODA contains accessibility standards in areas, including:
The accessibility standard for customer service came into force in 2008. The next three standards, information and communications, employment, and transportation have been combined into the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulations (IASR). The IASR is now law and the requirements will be phased in over time. The standard for the built environment for facilities and outdoor spaces is still in development.
This Multi-Year Accessibility Plan (Accessibility Plan) outlines Gowling WLG Canada's compliance with the AODA, sets out its upcoming and ongoing obligations pursuant to the AODA, and identifies how it will meet those obligations. Gowling WLG Canada is committed to fulfilling its requirements under the AODA and making its premises and services accessible to all Ontarians.
Gowling WLG Canada strives to provide services in a way that respects the dignity and independence of persons with disabilities. Gowling WLG Canada is also committed to giving people with disabilities the same opportunity to access our goods and services and allowing them to benefit from the same goods and services, in the same place and in a similar way as other clients.
In fulfilling its commitment to meeting these customer service related objectives, Gowling WLG Canada will:
Part 1 (General)
Gowling WLG Canada's Accessibility policy affirms its commitment to meeting the accessibility needs of persons with disabilities in a timely manner and governs the way that it will achieve accessibility. Gowling WLG Canada has created this Multi-Year Accessibility Plan outlining the firm's phased-in strategy for identifying, removing and preventing barriers to accessibility. The plan can be provided in alternate formats upon request. Once all AODA initiatives have been met, the plan will be reviewed and updated at least once every five years.
In fulfilling its commitment to provide ongoing training, Gowling WLG Canada will:
Ensure that all Ontario-based employees are trained* on the requirements of the accessibility standards referred to in the AODA regulation and on the Human Rights Code, as it pertains to persons with disabilities:
*Note: Gowling WLG implemented an in-house training program prior to January 1, 2015.
Part 2 (Information and Communications)
Gowling WLG Canada will follow best practices when developing, implementing, and maintaining information and communications strategies and products to ensure that information and communications are available and accessible to people with disabilities. This includes websites, intranet sites, communication materials, telephone communications and face-to-face interactions. The goal is to achieve the most effective and efficient access to information for all users.
In fulfilling its commitment to follow best practices in relation to communication and information strategies, Gowling WLG Canada has:
Accessible Websites and Web Content
Gowling WLG Canada will:
Gowling WLG Canada is committed to inclusive and accessible employment practices that attract and retain talented employees with disabilities.
In fulfilling its commitment to providing inclusive and accessible employment practices, Gowling WLG will:
Evaluation and Review of Barriers
Recruitment, Assessment or Selection Process
Notice to Successful Applicants
Informing Employees of Supports
Accessible Formats and Communication Supports for Employees
Return to Work
Career Development and Advancement
If you have any questions regarding this policy or wish to provide feedback, please contact Marva Bethune.