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Accessible Canada Act (S.C. 2019, c. 10)

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Act current to 2020-06-17 and last amended on 2019-07-11. Previous Versions

PART 4Duties of Regulated Entities (continued)

Regulated Entities That Carry On Broadcasting Undertakings (continued)

Accessibility Plans — Regulations Under This Act

Marginal note:Initial accessibility plan

  •  (1) A regulated entity referred to in subsection 42(1) must, before the expiry of one year after the day fixed or determined by regulations made under subsection 117(1) that apply to that regulated entity, prepare and publish, in accordance with this Act and regulations made under subsection 117(1), an accessibility plan respecting

    • (a) its policies, programs, practices and services in relation to the identification and removal of barriers, and the prevention of new barriers, in the areas referred to in paragraphs 5(a), (b), (f) and (g) and in the area referred to in paragraph 5(c.1) as that paragraph applies in respect of the areas referred to in those paragraphs; and

    • (b) the provisions of regulations made under subsection 117(1) that apply to it.

  • Marginal note:Updated accessibility plan

    (2) The regulated entity must prepare and publish, in accordance with this Act and regulations made under subsection 117(1), an updated version of its accessibility plan no later than the third anniversary of the day on which the plan was last published or before the expiry of the applicable period prescribed by regulations made under that subsection.

  • Marginal note:Notice to Accessibility Commissioner

    (3) The regulated entity must notify the Accessibility Commissioner, within the time and in the manner prescribed in regulations made under subsection 117(1), of the publication of every version of its accessibility plan.

  • Marginal note:Duty to consult

    (4) The regulated entity must consult persons with disabilities in the preparation of its accessibility plan and every updated version of its accessibility plan.

  • Marginal note:Manner of consultation

    (5) The accessibility plan must set out the manner in which the regulated entity consulted persons with disabilities in the preparation of the plan.

  • Marginal note:Applicable requirements

    (6) The accessibility plan need not address a requirement that applies to the regulated entity and that is set out in regulations made under subsection 117(1) unless the requirement has been in force at least three months before the day on which the accessibility plan must be published.

  • Marginal note:Duty to make plan available on request

    (7) If a person makes a request in accordance with subsection (8), the regulated entity must, within the time prescribed by regulations made under subsection 117(1), make its accessibility plan available to the person in the format prescribed by regulations made under that subsection that is indicated in the request.

  • Marginal note:Conditions

    (8) The request must be made in the form and manner prescribed by regulations made under subsection 117(1) and must indicate the format prescribed by regulations made under that subsection in which the accessibility plan is to be made available to the person making the request.

  • Marginal note:Principles

    (9) The regulated entity must take into account the principles set out in section 6 when it prepares an accessibility plan or an updated version of its accessibility plan.

Feedback

Marginal note:Establishment of process

  •  (1) A regulated entity referred to in subsection 42(1) must establish a process for receiving feedback about the following and for dealing with that feedback:

    • (a) the manner in which the regulated entity is implementing its accessibility plan; and

    • (b) the barriers encountered by the regulated entity’s employees and by other persons that deal with the regulated entity.

  • Marginal note:Publication

    (2) The regulated entity must publish a description of its process in accordance with regulations made under subsection 117(1).

  • Marginal note:Notice to Accessibility Commissioner

    (3) The regulated entity must notify the Accessibility Commissioner, within the time and in the manner prescribed in regulations made under subsection 117(1), of the publication of the description of every version of its process.

Progress Reports

Marginal note:Obligation

  •  (1) A regulated entity referred to in subsection 42(1) must prepare and publish, in accordance with this Act and regulations made under subsection 117(1), a progress report respecting its implementation of its accessibility plan.

  • Marginal note:Notice to Accessibility Commissioner

    (2) The regulated entity must notify the Accessibility Commissioner, within the time and in the manner prescribed in regulations made under subsection 117(1), of the publication of its progress report.

  • Marginal note:Duty to consult

    (3) The regulated entity must consult persons with disabilities in the preparation of its progress report.

  • Marginal note:Manner of consultation

    (4) The progress report must set out the manner in which the regulated entity consulted persons with disabilities in the preparation of its progress report.

  • Marginal note:Feedback information

    (5) The progress report must set out information concerning the feedback received by the regulated entity through its feedback process and how that feedback was taken into consideration.

  • Marginal note:Duty to make progress report available on request

    (6) If a person makes a request in accordance with subsection (7), the regulated entity must, within the time prescribed by regulations made under subsection 117(1), make its progress report available to the person in the format prescribed by regulations made under that subsection that is indicated in the request.

  • Marginal note:Conditions

    (7) The request must be made in the form and manner prescribed by regulations made under subsection 117(1) and must indicate the format prescribed by regulations made under that subsection in which the progress report is to be made available to the person making the request.

Exemptions

Marginal note:Power to exempt

  •  (1) The Minister may, by order, exempt any regulated entity or class of regulated entities from the application of all or any part of sections 47 to 49, on any terms that the Minister considers necessary. The order ceases to have effect on the earlier of the end of the period of three years that begins on the day on which the order is made and the end of any shorter period specified in the order.

  • Marginal note:Copy to Accessibility Commissioner

    (2) The Minister must provide the Accessibility Commissioner with a copy of every order made under subsection (1).

  • Marginal note:Non-application of Statutory Instruments Act

    (3) The Statutory Instruments Act does not apply to an order made under subsection (1) in respect of a regulated entity, but the order must be published in the Canada Gazette and the reasons for the making of the order must be made available to the public.

Regulated Entities That Are Canadian Carriers or Telecommunications Service Providers

Accessibility Plans — Requirements Under the Telecommunications Act

Marginal note:Initial accessibility plan

  •  (1) A regulated entity that is a Canadian carrier or a telecommunications service provider must, before the expiry of one year after the day fixed or determined by regulations made under subsection 54(1) that apply to that regulated entity, prepare and publish, in accordance with this Act and regulations made under that subsection, an accessibility plan respecting

    • (a) its policies, programs, practices and services in relation to the identification and removal of barriers, and the prevention of new barriers, in the areas referred to in paragraphs 5(c), (d) and (e) and the area referred to in paragraph 5(c.1) as it relates to the areas referred to in paragraphs (d) and (e);

    • (b) the conditions imposed under section 24 or 24.1 of the Telecommunications Act to which the regulated entity is subject that relate to the identification and removal of barriers and the prevention of new barriers; and

    • (c) the provisions of any regulations made under that Act that relate to the identification and removal of barriers and the prevention of new barriers and that apply to the regulated entity.

  • Marginal note:Updated accessibility plan

    (2) The regulated entity must prepare and publish, in accordance with this Act and regulations made under subsection 54(1), an updated version of its accessibility plan no later than the third anniversary of the day on which the plan was last published or before the expiry of the applicable period prescribed by regulations made under that subsection.

  • Marginal note:Notice to Commission

    (3) The regulated entity must notify the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, within the time and in the manner prescribed in regulations made under subsection 54(1), of the publication of every version of its accessibility plan.

  • Marginal note:Duty to consult

    (4) The regulated entity must consult persons with disabilities in the preparation of its accessibility plan and every updated version of its accessibility plan.

  • Marginal note:Manner of consultation

    (5) The accessibility plan must set out the manner in which the regulated entity consulted persons with disabilities in the preparation of the plan.

  • Marginal note:Applicable requirements

    (6) The accessibility plan need not address a requirement that applies to the regulated entity and that is set out in a condition or regulation referred to in paragraphs (1)(b) and (c) unless the requirement has been in force at least three months before the day on which the accessibility plan must be published.

  • Marginal note:Duty to make plan available on request

    (7) If a person makes a request in accordance with subsection (8), the regulated entity must, within the time prescribed by regulations made under subsection 54(1), make its accessibility plan available to the person in the format prescribed by regulations made under that subsection that is indicated in the request.

  • Marginal note:Conditions

    (8) The request must be made in the form and manner prescribed by regulations made under subsection 54(1) and must indicate the format prescribed by regulations made under that subsection in which the accessibility plan is to be made available to the person making the request.

  • Marginal note:Principles

    (9) The regulated entity must take into account the principles set out in section 6 when it prepares an accessibility plan or an updated version of its accessibility plan.

 
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