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Plans & Policies

Where as the Ontario Human Rights Code requires that we "accommodate to undue hardship", the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) takes a proactive approach and requires that a standard of accessibility is put in place. At Ryerson we are striving to go beyond the minimum standards of the AODA in order that we may achieve the highest level of accessibility from the start, thereby reducing the need for accommodation.

About the AODA

Enacted in 2005, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, external link aims to identify, remove and prevent barriers for people with disabilities. Based on the four principles of Dignity, Independence, Integration, and Equality of Opportunity; the AODA lays the framework for the development of province-wide mandatory standards on accessibility in all areas of daily life. 

It is comprised of various accessibility standards and general requirements that all public and private sector organizations must meet. The Integrated Accessibility Standards include:

  • General accessibility requirements and policies
  • Information and Communications Standard
  • Employment Standard
  • Transportation Standard
  • Design of Public Spaces Standard (Built Environment)
  • Custom Service Standard

Accessibility Plans

Access Ryerson is Ryerson’s cross campus accessibility initiative with a goal to identify, remove and prevent barriers to the full inclusion of persons with disabilities. In 2012, as per AODA requirements, we moved to a multi-year accessibility plan format.

Website Accessibility

Website accessibility falls under Section 14 of the Information and Communications Standard, external link which states that public sector organizations and large organizations shall make their internet websites and web content conform with the World Wide Web Consortium Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0,, external link initially at Level A and increasing to Level AA.

The WCAG 2.0 consists of three levels: A, AA and AAA. All websites and content hosted at must now be accessible and conform to at least Level A of the WCAG 2.0 guidelines.

By January 1, 2021, all websites and content must meet Level AA, other than success criteria 1.2.4 Captions (Live) and success criteria 1.2.5 Audio Descriptions (Pre-recorded). If you are Ryerson staff or are responsible for a Ryerson-hosted website and are not sure if your website complies, please contact us.

Ryerson Policies

  • Accommodation Policy for Persons with DisabilitiesThe policy applies to any Ryerson employee with a disability, and to job applicants that may require accommodation during the selection process at Ryerson.
  • PDF fileAcademic Accommodation of Students with DisabilitiesThis policy establishes guidelines for the academic accommodation of students with disabilities in order for them to access learning while maintaining the integrity of course content and objectives, and ensuring fairness for all students.
  • Accessibility Statement of CommitmentThe Ryerson University Statement of Commitment outlines the University's commitment to providing accessible goods and services that allow persons with disabilities to fully participate in community activities.
  • Animals on Campus PolicyThis policy outlines the use of animals on campus that are essential for service of persons with disabilities.
  • Ryerson University Library & Archives Accessibility for Persons with DisabilitiesThe RULA Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities Customer Service Policy outlines RULA's commitment to excellence in serving the Ryerson community, including persons with disabilities.
  • Discrimination and Harassment Prevention PolicyRyerson University's Discrimination and Harassment Prevention Policy and Procedures is informed and guided by the Ontario Human Rights Code. The Ontario Human Rights Code applies and prevails over all provincial legislation (with few exceptions), University policies and collective agreements.
  • Workplace Civility and RespectThis policy establishes the University's commitment to the maintenance of a civil workplace. Through this Policy, the Guide to Civility and the Discrimination & Harassment Prevention Policy, the University maintains a comprehensive harassment prevention policy and program as required by the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
  • Employment EquityThis policy is intended to outline the principles of equity and diversity in the workplace underlying Ryerson's employment equity program, to define the accountabilities the employment equity program, and to establish the policy framework within which the University's employment equity program will be managed and implemented.

Representation of persons with disabilities

12% of students at Ryerson

7% of full-time faculty at Ryerson

6% of employees at Ryerson