Halwell Mutual will comply with the regulations and standards as set out in the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), 2005, specifically under the AODA, Ontario Regulation 191/11, entitled Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation.
The Company is committed to the principles of independence, dignity, integration and equality of opportunity described in the AODA and to meeting the needs of people with disabilities, in a timely manner, through the implementation of this policy.
Management will ensure that all Employees follow the guidelines set out in this policy, that training is provided to all new Employees and that training and communication on AODA is provided throughout an individual’s time with Halwell Mutual.
Disability refers to disabilities of different severity, including visible and non-visible disabilities and those with periodic affects. Disability is defined, by the Human Rights Code, as:
Halwell Mutual is committed to meeting the accessibility needs of people with disabilities, in a timely manner, in its practices, processes, policies and procedures and employment-related services. The commitments in this policy are intended to ensure that accessibility remains a priority in Halwell Mutual’s decision-making process and will serve to assist in ensuring that decisions improve accessibility and do not inadvertently create barriers.
More specifically, Halwell Mutual is committed to:
When providing information to, or communicating with, a person with a disability, Halwell Mutual will provide the information and communication in a manner that takes into account the person’s disability as provided in the customer service standards and under the Integrated Regulation within a reasonable period of time.
Halwell Mutual will conform to the World Wide Web Consortium’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 as outlined in the Information and Communications Standard for accessible websites and web content.
Emergency procedures, plans, or public safety information will be in place and meet the needs of persons with disabilities and all of the above information will be contained within the Company Health and Safety Manual.
Halwell Mutual will notify members of the public about the availability of accessible information and communications. If there is a cost, the Company will not charge more for such formats and supports than it charges other persons.
If you have any accessibility comments or concerns, please click the button below to be taken to our AODA Feedback Form.
Requests can also be made in person at our office:
535 Hanlon Creek Blvd
Guelph, ON N1C 0A1
Or by calling (toll free) 1-800-267-5706