This 2014-21 accessibility plan outlines the policies and actions that the Centre for International Governance Innovation (“CIGI”) will put in place to improve opportunities for people with disabilities.

Statement of Commitment

CIGI is committed to treating all people in a way that allows them to maintain their dignity and independence. We believe in integration and equal opportunity. We are committed to meeting the needs of people with disabilities in a timely manner, and will do so by preventing and removing barriers to accessibility and meeting accessibility requirements under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

Accessible Emergency Information

CIGI is committed to providing visitors and members of the community with publicly available emergency information in an accessible way upon request. We will also provide employees with disabilities with individualized emergency response information when necessary.

Training

CIGI will provide training to employees, volunteers and other staff members on Ontario’s accessibility laws and on the Human Rights Code as it relates to people with disabilities. Training will be provided in a way that best suits the duties of employees, volunteers and other staff members.

CIGI will take the following steps to ensure employees are provided with the training needed to meet Ontario’s accessible laws by January 1, 2015:

  • All current and new employees will be required to take and certify completion of an online training course on Ontario’s accessibility laws and on the Human Rights Code as it relates to people with disabilities.

Information and communications

CIGI is committed to meeting the communication needs of people with disabilities. Upon request CIGI will provide or arrange for the provision of accessible formats and communication supports for persons with disabilities: (a) in a timely manner that takes into account the person’s accessibility needs due to disability; and (b) at a cost that is no more than the regular cost charged to other persons. CIGI will consult with the person making the request in determining the suitability of an accessible format or communication support.

CIGI will take the following steps to make all new websites and content on those sites conform with WCAG 2.0, Level A by January 1, 2014, to the extent practicable:

  • Resources will be dedicated to assess, evaluate and implement CIGI's websites and web content for accessibility conformance. CIGI will also conduct accessibility reviews of all web sites prior to launch.

CIGI will take the following steps to ensure existing feedback processes are accessible to people with disabilities upon request by January 1, 2015:

  • Persons who wish to provide feedback can email the Human Resources or Events department or complete a Customer Service Feedback form, which are located in our reception areas and available at all public events. All feedback will be formally addressed and CIGI will ensure that persons who desire to provide feedback in some other accessible manner may do so upon request.

CIGI will take the following steps to make sure all publicly available information is made accessible upon request by January 1, 2016:

  • CIGI will direct incoming requests to the relevant staff that will then provide accessible information as soon as possible with regard to the amount of information, its complexity and the format requested.

CIGI will take the following steps to make all websites and content conform with WCAG 2.0, Level AA by January 1, 2021, to the extent practicable:

  • Resources will be dedicated to assess, evaluate and implement CIGI's websites and web content for accessibility conformance. CIGI will also conduct accessibility reviews of all web sites prior to launch.

Employment

CIGI is committed to fair and accessible employment practices.

We will take the following steps to notify the public and staff that, when requested, CIGI will accommodate people with disabilities during the recruitment and assessment processes and when people are hired:

  • CIGI will include in employment ads the availability of accommodation for applicants with disabilities and notify prospective applicants that accommodations are available upon request.  CIGI will include in the offer of employment a statement that notifies applicants of our policies for accommodating employees with disabilities.

CIGI will take the following steps to develop and put in place a process for developing individual accommodation plans and return-to-work policies for employees that have been absent due to a disability:

  • CIGI will develop  in cooperation with  disabled employees a written plan to document individual accommodation plans which protect the privacy and take into account the needs and dignity of the individual.

We will take the following steps to ensure the accessibility needs of employees with disabilities needs are taken into account if CIGI is using performance management, career development and redeployment processes:

  • CIGI will develop policies that take into account the accessibility needs of the employee, with the goal of facilitating employee success and ensuring equal opportunities for career development and advancement.

CIGI will take the following steps to prevent and remove other accessibility barriers identified:

  • If attitudinal, organizational or other accessibility barriers are identified, an ad hoc committee including Human Resources, Legal Counsel and at least one Vice-President will be formed to create and implement a solution which adequately addresses the barrier identified.

For more information on this accessibility plan, please contact Aaron Shull or Susan Hirst at:

Phone: 519-885-2444 ext. 7478 (Shull) or 519-885-2444 ext. 7294 (Hirst)
Email: [email protected] or [email protected]

Accessible formats of this document are available free upon request from: Aaron Shull or Susan Hirst.