Employment Standard

The Accessibility Standard for Employment will help organizations support and keep more skilled employees. It will make accessibility a normal part of finding, hiring and communicating with employees who have disabilities.


Starting January 1, 2012, all nonprofits and businesses with at least one employee will need to provide their employees with disabilities with emergency response information that is tailored to the employee’s needs, if the disability requires it.

Starting January 1, 2012:

  • work with your employees who have a disability to figure out what information they might need in an emergency
  • make public emergency information accessible, upon request.

Other employment standards requirements will be phased in between 2012 and 2017.

What is individualized emergency response information?

A plan to help an employee with a disability during an emergency, or emergency information that’s formatted so an employee with a disability can understand it.

What do I have to do?

As of January 1, 2012, if you know an employee with a disability might need help in an emergency:

  • Give them individualized emergency response information
  • Get their consent, then share this information with anyone designated to help them in an emergency
  • Review the emergency response information when:

– the employee changes work locations
– you review the employee’s overall accommodation needs
– you review your organization’s emergency response policies

Disabilities can be temporary or permanent, and “employee” includes paid staff, but not volunteers or unpaid staff.