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Ontario’s Accessibility Laws. Are You Compliant?

In 2025, the AODA becomes law

If you’re a commercial business owner, here’s what it means to you:

  • Your staff must be trained to serve customers of all abilities
  • Handicap door operators must be in place and fully operational
  • Service animals must be welcomed in your business
  • Create accessibility policies for your business

Now, 2025 may seem like a long time from now. But consider that it’s already been 10 years since the law passed.

AccessibilityWhat are accessibility products?

Simply put, accessibility products are items which allow people of all abilities easy access to a building or facility.

At Aim Lock & Safe, we carry commercial handicap door operators. When pressed, these operators automatically open a door for anyone:

  • People in wheelchairs
  • Individuals using walkers or other mobility devices
  • Those with restricted eyesight
  • Seniors

Handicap door operators are just the start, though. There are plenty of other ways to make your business accessible:

  • Widening your commercial doors and door frames
  • Installing easy push and pull door handles or levers instead of doorknobs
  • Putting in low-resistance door closers
  • Installing ramps in your parking lot and your doorways
  • Making the aisles (if you have them) in your businesses wider and clutter-free
  • Putting in waiting areas with fixed or accessible seating

Although making your business accessible is a good idea, it’ll also be the law in Ontario by 2025.

So why not start right now?


Why is accessibility important?

It’s important to have an inclusive society where everyone has an equal opportunity to participate and contribute, regardless if they have a disability or not.

Plus, barrier-free access is a big issue in Ontario.

And strictly from a commerce perspective, consider that in Toronto & Mississauga over 17% of the population (2.4 million residents) have some sort of physical disability.

By not making your business accessible, you’d be turning away a potentially large customer base.

We can help you

As mentioned earlier, Aim Lock & Safe has provided handicap door operators for businesses of all kinds and sizes.

But we do more than just sell them. We also:

  • Visit your site to determine your best options for placement
  • Take care of converting your manual door to an automatic one

We also carry a variety of other accessibility products and services too:

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Don’t wait until 2025. Get started today

Before you know it, 2025 will be here and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act will become law.

So why wait?

Contact us today to arrange an on-site consultation. We’ll come to you and discuss your options when it comes to making your business accessible.

 

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