Canadian Accessibility Standards Development Organization
The Canadian Accessibility Standards Development Organization (CASDO) is a departmental corporation responsible for developing and revising accessibility standards for federally regulated organizations, including Government of Canada departments and agencies.
CASDO will develop and revise accessibility standards that will set out how federal private sector organizations and Government of Canada departments and agencies can prevent, identify and remove barriers to accessibility.
The organization will have a board of directors to set its strategic direction, oversee its activities and provide advice to its Chief Executive Officer, a Governor in Council appointee. The majority of the directors will be people with disabilities and will reflect the diversity of Canadian society. Director positions are part-time and are appointed by the Governor in Council.
Technical committees will be responsible for developing accessibility standards, and will include experts, people with disabilities, and industry representatives. Stakeholders and the public will have opportunities to comment on the standards.
Accessibility standards will be published and submitted to the Minister of Accessibility, who will consider making them mandatory by adopting them into regulations.
The organization will also promote, support and conduct research into the identification and removal of barriers to accessibility and the prevention of new barriers.
The organization will submit an annual report on its operations to the Minister for tabling in Parliament.
The standards developed will also serve as model standards that could be adopted by other jurisdictions.
- The Accessible Canada Act (An Act to Ensure a Barrier Free Canada) creates a framework, which allows proactively identifying, removing, and preventing barriers wherever Canadians interact with areas under federal jurisdiction. It puts in place mechanisms that would systematically address accessibility.
CASDO currently follows the disclosure practices of ESDC. ESDC currently publishes any CASDO-related disclosures.
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