ACA | Digital Accessibility Standards

ACA (Accessible Canada Act)

The ACA is a law that lays out the framework for developing national accessibility standards and enforcing accessibility law. It does not actually lay out accessibility standards. The Accessible Canada Act (formally “An Act to ensure a barrier-free Canada”) therefore, is a law that lays out goals rather than a law that creates a set of standards.

Who has to comply?

Public sector organizations and private and non-profit organizations that are federally regulated will eventually have to comply with standards developed by the ACA-created committees.

What happens if I don’t comply? And who enforces it?

There are no standards to comply with at this time, but when they have been developed, non-compliance will result in an escalating series of sanctions including compliance orders, notices of violation with warning or with penalty, and administrative monetary penalties. The standards will be enforced by the Accessibility Commissioner (a position that will be created as a result of the ACA).

What do I have to do to comply?

At the current time, there are no standards set. It is probably a good idea, however, to follow the model laid out by the AODA and meet WCAG 2.1 Level AA.

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