Yes. The accessibility obligations apply to the acquisition of all goods, services and facilities regardless of value.
Yes, unless it is not practicable to do so. It is important to take into consideration the possibility that the employee using the purchased good may acquire a disability, or a person with a disability may later use said good. For example, in purchasing telephones, you might want to assess whether the equipment requires volume controls, clear display screens, and large buttons in order to make the telephones as accessible to as many users as possible. While the original user of the phone may not have a disability, the phone may be used by several different employees over the period of a few years. Remember, procuring accessible goods, services and facilities is usually more economical than restructuring the goods, services or facilities to meet accessibility criteria afterward.
Yes, it is especially important to apply accessibility criteria and features to goods, services and facilities used by the public as it is very likely that a member of the public who utilizes that good, service or facility will have a disability. When determining your priorities for purchasing a new item, remember that 1 in 6 Canadians have a disability and that number is expected to grow. Furthermore, by applying accessibility criteria and features, other customers and members of the public benefit, including people pushing strollers and older adults. If it is not practicable to incorporate accessibility criteria and features, you must be prepared to provide an explanation.
If it is not possible to apply the accessibility checklist and you need help finding additional accessibility criteria related to the product or service being procured, contact Procurement Services (firstname.lastname@example.org, Ext. 84579).
Consider a few key questions:
If you are hosting an event or providing a service or facility, consider offering a survey or questionnaire that includes a question about accessibility. This will give people the opportunity to let you know if you are meeting their accessibility needs.