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Information and Communications Standard

Information and Communications Standard is part of AODA integrated standards released in June 2011 by Ontario legislative body. It requires McMaster University to provide information in an accessible format, which includes web sites and information published on them.

Complete Integrated Accessibility Standards under AODA (Accessibility for Ontarians with disabilities act) can be found online:

The following information is derived from the Information and Communications standard and provided in a succinct format.

This information has been created to facilitate the understanding of the legislation and does not replace the official version of the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation, Ontario Regulation 191/11 and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA). If there is any conflict between this information and the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation or the AODA, the regulation and the AODA are the final authorities.

Compliance dates at a glance:

January 1st, 2012

January 1st, 2013

January 1st, 2014

January 1st, 2015

January 1st, 2020

January 1st, 2021

Emergency procedures

Educational and training resources/ materials, student records

Feedback mechanism 

Accessible formats

Producers of printed materials (educational or training supplementary learning resources)

All web sites/content (WCAG 2.0 Level AA compliance)


Training to educators

New web sites/content (WCAG2.0 Level A compliance)

Producers of accessible textbooks

Libraries - digital or multimedia resources/ materials





Libraries - Print based resources/ materials



Compliance points and dates:

  1. Feedback mechanism  (ensure it is accessible)– January 1st, 2014
  2. Accessible formats – January 1st, 2015
  3. Emergency procedures – January 1st, 2012
  4. Websites and web content, except web apps/sites, content not directly controlled:
    • New sites/content (WCAG2.0 Level A compliance) – January 1st, 2014
    • All sites/content (WCAG 2.0 Level AA compliance) – January 1st, 2021
  5. Educational and training resources/materials, student records – January 1st, 2013
  6. Training to educators (accessibility awareness training related to accessible program or course delivery and instruction ) – January 1st, 2013
  7. Producers of accessible textbooks – January 1st, 2015
  8. Producers of accessible printed materials that are educational or training supplementary learning resources -  January 1st, 2020
  9. Libraries, except special collections, rare books and donations :
    • Print based resources or materials- compliance by January 1st, 2015
    • digital or multimedia resources or materials - compliance by January 1st, 2020

The following is an exempt from this standard:

  1. Products and Product labels
  2. Unconvertible information and communications (means electronic or digital format that cannot be converted into the accessible format)
  3. Information that the University does not control directly or indirectly through a contractual relationship, except :
    1. Providing educational or training resources or materials in an accessible format upon request (through purchasing or other means an accessible format or providing a comparable resource in an accessible format) – compliance by January 1st, 2013
    2. Provide student records and information on program requirements, availability and descriptions in an accessible format – compliance by January 1st, 2013
    3. Libraries (upon request) shall provide, procure or acquire by other means an accessible or conversion ready format of:
      1. Print based resources or materials- compliance by January 1st, 2015
      2. digital or multimedia resources or materials compliance by January 1st, 2020


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