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The One-Year Countdown to Web Accessibility Begins in Ontario

Ontario websites have until January 1, 2021 to meet WCAG 2.0 Level AA Web Accessibility Requirements; failure to comply may result in daily fines of $50,000 and up

TORONTO, Jan. 8, 2020 /CNW/ - Today, Siteimprove Canada, a SaaS company that helps organizations manage and optimize their websites, reminds public, private, and non-profit organizations in Ontario with 50+ employees they have one year to meet the next deadline for website accessibility compliance. By January 1, 2021, Ontario businesses must make their public-facing websites conformant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0) to Level AA, as required by the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). Download the full guide, titled 'Include Everyone, Keep Everyone' here.

Siteimprove (CNW Group/Siteimprove)

Organizations that fail to comply with the January 1, 2021 deadline could face a fine of up to $50,000 for each day or part of a day on which the offence occurs or continues to occur. If the party that fails to comply is a corporation, they can expect a fine of up to $100,000 for each day or part of a day on which the offence occurs or continues to occur. This includes private businesses, non-profit organizations, municipalities, government ministries, educational institutions, hospitals, offices, retail stores and manufacturing.

"Too many people still can't access websites and transact online," explains Mike Cart, Managing Director, Siteimprove Canada. "Ontario is doing the right thing by establishing clear web accessibility requirements within the law. Everyone in this province deserves equal access to information and services, and in one year from now, we look forward to seeing how much closer organizations in Ontario are to meeting the guidelines. It's a critical time and we're here to help."

Key Facts on Accessibility in Canada:

Tips for meeting WCAG 2.0 Level AA guidelines, as required by the AODA by January 1, 2021:

Readability - all web content should aim for the reading level of a 12-year-old

Headings - heading tags are critical for use with assistive technologies

Images - all images must contain alt text

Links - use phrases for links rather than hyperlinked text

Audio & Video - captions are a must

Colour - foreground and background colours must have a 4.5:1 contrast ratio

To learn more, download Siteimprove's 2020 Guide To Website Accessibility

About Siteimprove:
Siteimprove offers the world's most comprehensive cloud-based Digital Presence Optimization (DPO) software. The Siteimprove Intelligence Platform provides eye-opening insights that empower you and your team to create higher quality content, drive better traffic, measure digital performance, and work towards regulatory compliance ? all from one place. Siteimprove is also proud to offer best-in-class technical support, academy courses, services, and technology integrations. Find out why more than 7,000 organizations around the world practice DPO using the Siteimprove Intelligence Platform at siteimprove.com.

SOURCE Siteimprove

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