APUC is committed to fostering a positive customer service environment in serving all customers, including those with disabilities. As such, the this policy is intended to meet the requirements of Accessibility Standards for Customer Service, Ontario Regulation 429/07 under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005.
APUC will strive to provide services in a manner consistent with the principles of dignity, independence, integration and equal opportunity.
Assistive Device – is a technical aid, communication device or other instrument that is used to maintain or improve the functional abilities of people with disabilities. Personal assistive devices are typically devices that customers bring with them such as a wheelchair, walker or a personal oxygen tank that might assist in hearing, seeing, communicating, moving, breathing, remembering and/or reading.
Disability – the term disability as defined by the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, and the Ontario Human Rights Code, refers to:
Guide Dog – is a highly-trained working dog that has been trained at one of the facilities listed in Ontario Regulation 58 under the Blind Persons’ Rights Act, to provide mobility, safety and increased independence for people who are blind.
Service Animal – as reflected in Ontario Regulation 429/07, an animal is a service animal for a person with a disability if:
Service Dog – as reflected in Health Protection and Promotion Act, Ontario Regulation 562 a dog other than a guide dog for the blind is a service dog if:
Support Person – as reflected in Ontario Regulation 429/07, a support person means, in relation to a person with a disability, another person who accompanies him or her in order to help with communication, mobility, personal care, medical needs or access to goods and services.
In accordance with the Accessibility Standards for Customer Service, Ontario Regulation 429/07, this policy addresses the following:
A. The Provision of Goods and Services to Persons with Disabilities
APUC will make every reasonable effort to ensure that its policies, practices and procedures are consistent with the principles of dignity, independence, integration and equal opportunity by:
B. The Use of Assistive Devices
Persons with disabilities may use their own assistive devices as required when accessing goods or services provided by APUC.
In cases where the assistive device presents a safety concern or where accessibility might be an issue, other reasonable measures will be used to ensure the access of goods and services. For example, open flames and oxygen tanks cannot be near one another. Therefore, the accommodation of a customer with an oxygen tank may involve ensuring the customer is in a location that would be considered safe for both the customer and business. Or, where elevators are not present and where an individual requires assistive devices for the purposes of mobility, service will be provided in a location that meets the needs of the customer.
Personal assistive devices include but are not limited to; wheelchairs, walkers, personal oxygen tanks, or device to assist with hearing, seeing, communicating, moving, breathing, remembering and/or reading.
C. The Use of Service Animals, Guide Dogs and Service Dogs
People with disabilities and accompanied by their service animals will be welcomed onto our premises.
There may be rare circumstances where, for reasons of health and safety of another person, allowing a person with a disability to enter the premise accompanied by a service animal needs to be considered. An example of such a situation may include where a person is allergic to animals and adversely affected if they are in close proximity to a service animal. If necessary, a risk assessment will be conducted by APUC’s Management and Health & Safety department.
The person accompanied by a service animal is responsible for maintaining care and control of the animal at all times, including ensuring the safety and clean-up of the animal.
D. The Use of Support Persons
A person with a disability who is accompanied by a support person will be allowed to have that person accompany them on our premises.
In situations where confidential information might be discussed, consent will be obtained from the customer, prior to any conversation where such information is contained.
E. Notice of Service Disruptions
In the event of a planned or unexpected disruption to services or facilities for customers with disabilities (i.e.) wheel chair accessibility, reasonable efforts will be made for customers to be notified promptly or with advance notice.
Notifications will be clearly posted and will include information about the reason for the disruption, its anticipated length of time, and a description of alternative facilities or services, if available.
The notice will be placed in conspicuous places including at the point of disruption and entrances to the building as well as on the company website.
F. Customer Feedback
APUC will provide customers the opportunity to give feedback on the provision of goods and services to people with disabilities. Feedback forms along with alternate methods of providing feedback such as verbally (in person or by telephone) or written (hand written or email) will be available upon request.
All feedback will be directed to Human Resources as well as a representative from the appropriate department.
Where possible, feedback will be addressed immediately. In some cases, feedback may require more review before an action is taken and APUC will respond as soon as possible in such circumstances.
APUC will provide training to all employees and those involved in the development and approval of customer service policies, practices and procedures.
All Individuals will be trained including: Executives, Management and Non-Management employees and training will be provided to new employees within the first three months of their employment.
Training will include:
Employees will also be trained when changes are made to the accessible customer service plan.
H. Notice of Availability
APUC will notify the public that accessibility policies are available upon request by visiting the company website or requesting a copy from the Human Resources department in a format that takes into account the person’s disability.