Did you know that Ontario has an Act in place that means your business could face a huge fine if you fail to make your website accessible according to specific guidelines?
There is a digital divide happening in the internet world: People with disabilities use the internet less frequently due to barriers that give them a negative experience. In 2021, a consensus was done in America using the Web Content Accessibility Guideline (WCAG) 2.1 as the standard for digital accessibility; it found that 97.4% of all analyzed web pages failed to meet one or more of the listed criteria!
Systems are built for a “typical” user, which means those who are not within the parameters of “normal” can be left out. In an effort to ensure Ontario businesses include as many people as possible, the government enacted the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).
If your Canadian business has a website, you need to make sure that it follows the guidelines! Contact DigiHype Media today for more information on how we can help your website be as accessible as possible!
- Why Americans With Disabilities Use The Internet Less Frequently. (2022, February 17). Bureau of Internet Accessibility. https://www.boia.org/blog/why-americans-with-disabilities-use-the-internet-less-frequently
- Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1. (2018, June 5). World Wide Web Consortium (W3). https://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG21/
- AODA.ca. (2018). Guide to the Act. Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). https://www.aoda.ca/guide-to-the-act/