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AODA - Integrated Standards for Accessibility Policy

The Integrated Accessibility Standards apply to CI Financial Corp. (“CI”), its affiliates and their respective employees, advisors and contractors with respect to accessible methods for colleagues, clients and the general public.

Statement of Organizational Commitment

CI is committed to providing an accommodating environment to all individuals (employees and customers), whatever their ability, and ensuring all services are received in an accessible and timely manner.

CI is committed to maintaining current and effective processes by consulting with key stakeholders who will aide in the overall ability to enhance the accessibility to persons with disabilities.

CI will incorporate training at all staff levels and within new employee orientation materials to ensure all employees are aware of the possible needs both with colleagues and the public they may be serving.

Accessibility Policy

Creating and maintaining an inclusive environment for all employees, contractors and the general public is a priority for CI to ensure all individuals feel comfortable and secure while working in, or as patrons of, our business.

CI continues to actively learn about and create accessible methods for which to navigate and/or access services that are beneficial to everyone.

Accessibility Plan

CI’s goal is to enhance its working environment and customer service areas to be accessible and welcoming.   Allowing employees to function effectively according to their needs and customers to receive services efficiently in a manner they can use and understand will contribute to CI being an attractive place of employment and service provider for exceptional employees and the general public, respectively.

CI will strive to achieve the goal of becoming an accessible business with continuous short and long term initiatives focusing on the needs of persons with disabilities.
These include:

  • Staying abreast of industry initiatives and requirements
  • Updating and maintaining our policies and procedures with accessibility in mind
  • Ongoing monitoring of necessary changes or updates with respect to infrastructure
  • Consulting with employees with disabilities to better understand the needs for accessibility
  • Reviewing staff and customer feedback

Training

CI provides training to corporate employees, people managers, contractors, summer students, co-op students and temporary employees with respect to Ontario’s Accessibility Standards as it relates to our business and persons with disabilities, both as colleagues or customers.

CI’s corporate training program will be provided upon hiring. CI will ensure all corporate employees are provided the necessary training to meet the Accessibility laws by January 1, 2015.

Information & Communications

CI will develop, or establish an ability to easily obtain, accessible communications and materials at no cost pertaining to the specific needs of an individual in a timely fashion by committing to the following:

  • Maintaining policies and procedures for creating accessible material for our varying departments
  • Ensure processes to provide feedback are accessible to all persons with disabilities, upon request by January 1, 2015.
  • All public information will be made available in an accessible format or by request for specialized formatting by January 1, 2016.
  • All existing websites and content will comply with the ‘Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)’ effective January 1, 2021.

Employment Accessibility Standards

CI is committed to offering fair and accessible employment practices.  We will take the following steps to notify internal personnel and the general public of our ability to accommodate people with disabilities during a recruitment and/or assessment period and also upon hiring.

CI will develop processes for individual accommodation and ‘return to work’ policies for existing employees who may have been absent due to a disability and require assistance to continue in their position.

We will also take steps to ensure the accessibility needs of employees with disabilities are taken into account during performance management and career development.

We are committed to ensuring all employees have a safe and accessible work area and will take required steps to remove any identified barriers that prove problematic to employees with disabilities. 

CI is committed to an ‘open door’ approach for all staff and invites anyone to contact the policy area should an accessibility issue arise.  We will work with the affected individual(s) to find a reasonable solution that is acceptable to all parties involved.

For more information on CI’s policy of providing accommodations in employment for persons with disabilities, please click here.

Design of Public Spaces

CI will meet the accessibility standards by relying on the building(s) external management services to address any and all public spaces.

Contact Information

For more information on this accessibility plan, please contact:

Kelly Potts – CI Policy Analyst (306) 667-2771 or kpotts@ci.com

Accessible formats of this document are available free upon request. Please contact the above noted individuals to obtain for your specific needs.

Multi-Year Plan

CI Financial has been in compliance with the Accessible Customer Service regulation under the AODA since January 1, 2012.

Below is a road map of the actions that have been taken in accordance with AODA regulation, along with the actions that will be implemented.

AODA Customer Service Standard Requirements – Completed January 1, 2012

  • Created and posted the Customer Service Policy on CI’s external website and company intranet.
  • CI provides training to corporate employees, contractors, summer students, co-op students, and temporary employees with respect to Ontario’s Accessibility Standards as it relates to our business and persons with disabilities, both as colleagues or customers.
  • CI’s corporate training program is provided upon hiring through onboarding. CI provided all corporate employees the necessary training to meet the Accessibility laws – Completed January 1, 2015.

IASR Requirements

Part I: General Requirements

Initiative IASR Requirement Action Status Compliance Date
1.1
Establishment of Accessibility Policies
3(1) Every obligated organization shall develop implement and maintain policies governing how the organization achieves or will achieve accessibility through meeting its requirements under the accessibility standards referred to in this Regulation. • The policy is completed and posted on CI Financial’s external website and on the company intranet. Completed January 1, 2014
1.2
Accessibility Plans
4(1) Large organizations shall,

a) Establish, implement, maintain and document a multi-year accessibility plan, which outlines the organization’s strategy to prevent and remove barriers and meet its requirements under this Regulation;
b) Post the accessibility plan on their website, if any, and provide the plan in an accessible format upon request; and
c) Review and update the accessibility plan at least once every five years

• Process developed and posted on CI Financial’s external website and the company intranet. Completed January 1, 2014
1.3
Training
7 (1) Every obligated organization shall ensure that training is provided on the requirements of the accessibility standards referred to in this Regulation and on the Human Rights Code as it pertains to persons with disabilities to,

a) All employees, and volunteers;
b) All persons who participate in developing the organization’s policies; and
c) All other persons who provide goods, services or facilities on behalf of the organization.

• CI provides training to corporate employees, people managers, contractors, summer students, co-op students and temporary employees with respect to Ontario’s Accessibility Standards as it relates to our business and persons with disabilities, both as colleagues or customers.
• CI’s corporate training program is provided upon new employee hire.
• CI’s Board of Directors received training.
Completed January 1, 2015

Part II Information and Communications Standards

Initiative IASR Requirement Action Status Compliance Date
2.1
Feedback
11(1) Every obligated organization that has processes for receiving and responding to feedback shall ensure that the processes are accessible to persons with disabilities by providing or arranging for accessible formats and communications supports, upon request • Feedback processes are available in an accessible manner, upon request. Completed January 1, 2015
2.2
Accessible Formats & Communication Supports
12(1) Except as otherwise provided, every obligated organization shall upon request provide or arrange for the provision of accessible formats and communication supports for persons with disabilities:

a) in a timely manner that takes into account the person’s accessibility needs due to disability; and
b) at a cost that is no more than the regular cost charged to other persons.

• Process is in place through the Customer Service Centre, where they handle on a request basis In progress January 1, 2016
  12(2) The obligated organization shall consult with the person making the request in determining the suitability of an accessible format or communication support.   In progress January 1, 2016
  12(3) Every obligated organization shall notify the public about the availability of accessible formats and communication supports.   In progress January 1, 2016
2.3
Accessible Websites & Web Content
14(2) Large organizations shall make their internet websites and web content conform with the World Wide Web Consortium Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, initially at Level A and increasing to Level AA, and shall do so in accordance with the schedule set out in this section. • We are ccurrently working to ensure all updated and/or new websites and content comply with the ‘Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) In progress January 1, 2014
New internet websites and web content on those sites must conform with WCAG 2.0 Level A
    • All existing websites and content will comply with the ‘Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)’ effective January 1, 2021. In progress January 1, 2021
All internet websites and web content must conform with WCAG 2.0 Level AA

Part III Employment Standards

Initiative IASR Requirement Action Status Compliance Date
3.1
Recruitment, General
22. Every employer shall notify its employees and the public about the availability of accommodation for applicants with disabilities in its recruitment process. • CI Financial will notify its employees and the public about the availability of accommodation for applicants with disabilities in our recruitment process by including a statement that accommodation is available throughout the recruitment process in every job posting, whether such posting is made internally or externally.
• CI Financial will also include this statement on our external internet, under our Careers page.
In progress January 1, 2016
3.2
Recruitment, Assessment or Selection Process
23(1) During a recruitment process, an employer shall notify job applicants, when they are individually selected to participate in an assessment or selection process, that accommodations are available upon request in relation to the materials or processes to be used. • When CI Financial notifies job applicants that they have been selected to participate further in the recruitment process, CI Financial will notify those job applicants that accommodations are available upon request in relation to the materials or processes to be used during the assessment process by including a statement to this effect in its communication to applicants. In progress January 1, 2016
  23(2) If a selected applicant requests an accommodation, the employer shall consult with the applicant and provide or arrange for the provision of a suitable accommodation on a manner that takes into account the applicant’s accessibility needs due to disability. • If a selected applicant requests an accommodation, CI Financial will consult with the applicant and provide, or arrange for the provision of, a suitable accommodation in a manner that takes into account the applicant’s individual accessibility needs due to disability. In progress January 1, 2016
3.3
Notice to Successful Applicants
24. Every employer shall, when making offers of employment, notify the successful applicant of its policies for accommodating employees with disabilities. • When making offers of employment, CI Financial will notify the successful applicant of its policies for accommodating employees with disabilities by including a statement in regards to its policies for accommodating employees in the offer letter or employment contract.
• This statement will clearly identify how the successful applicant can gain access to a copy of CI Financial’s policies for accommodating employees with disabilities
In progress January 1, 2016
3.4
Informing Employees of Supports
25(1) Every employer shall inform its employees of its policies used to support employees with disabilities, including, but not limited to, policies on the provision of job accommodations that take into account an employee’s accessibility needs due to disability. • CI Financial will inform its employees of its policies regarding employees with disabilities by posting a statement on the company intranet in regards to our policies.
• This statement will inform CI Financial’s employees about policies relating to the provision of job accommodations that take into account an employee’s accessibility needs due to disability.
• Copies of CI Financial’s policies will be available on our company intranet and will be accessible by all employees.
In progress January 1, 2016
  25(2) Employers shall provide the information required under this section to new employees as soon as practicable after they begin their employment. • CI Financial will provide the above information to new employees as soon as practicable after commencing employment In progress January 1, 2016
  25(3) Employers shall provide updated information to its employees whenever there is a change to existing policies on the provision of job accommodations that take into account an employee’s accessibility needs due to disability. • CI Financial shall provide updated information to its Employees whenever there is a change to its existing policies on the provision of job accommodations by updating our company intranet website. In progress January 1, 2016
3.5
Accessible Formats and Communication Supports for Employees
26(1) In addition to its obligations under section 12, where an employee with a disability so requests it, every employer shall consult with the employee to provide or arrange for the provision of accessible formats and communication supports for,

a) information that is needed in order to perform the employee’s job; and
b) information that is generally available to employees in the workplace

• Upon the request of an employee with a disability, CI Financial will consult with the employee to provide, or arrange for the provision of, accessible formats and communication supports for information that is needed to perform the employee’s job and information that is generally available to other employees In progress January 1, 2016
  26(2) The employer shall consult with the employee making the request in determining the suitability of an accessible format or communication support. • In determining the suitability of an accessible format or communication support, CI Financial will consult with the employee making the request. In progress January 1, 2016
3.6
Workplace Emergency Response Information
27(1) Every employer shall provide individualized workplace emergency response information to employees who have a disability in such that the individualized information is necessary and the employer is aware of the need for accommodation due to the employee’s disability • Process developed

All existing and new hires in Ontario are provided with training on our workplace emergency response. Upon request for an individualized workplace emergency response plan, employees will be provided with one, that will take into consideration their disability and requirements. 

Completed January 1, 2012
3.7
Documented Individual Accommodation Plans
27(2) If an employee who receives individualized workplace emergency response information requires assistance and with the employee’s consent, the employer shall provide the workplace emergency response information to the person designated by the employer to provide assistance to the employee. • Part of the process, employee consent received. Completed January 1, 2012
  27(3) Employers shall provide the information required under this section as soon as practicable after the employer becomes aware of the need for accommodation due to the employee’s disability. • Part of the process Completed January 1, 2012
 

27(4) Every employer shall review the individualized workplace emergency response information,

a) when the employee moves to a different location in the organization;
b) when the employee’s overall accommodations needs or plans are reviewed; and
c) when the employer reviews its general emergency response policies.

• Part of the process Completed January 1, 2012
  28(1) Employers, other than employers that are small organizations, shall develop and have in place a written process for the development of documented individual accommodation plans for employees with disabilities • CI Financial will develop and maintain a written process for the development of documented individual accommodation plans for employees with disabilities
• This written process will be available to employees on the company intranet
In progress January 1, 2016
 

28(2) The process for the development of documented individual accommodation plans shall include the following elements:

• The manner in which an employee requesting accommodation can participate in the development of the individual accommodation plan.
• The means by which the employee is assessed on an individual basis.
• The manner in which the employer can request an evaluation by an outside medical or other expert, at the employer’s expense, to determine if accommodation can be achieved and, if so, how accommodation can be achieved.
• The steps taken to protect the privacy of the employee’s personal information.
• The frequency with which the individual accommodation plan will be reviewed and updated and the manner in which it will be done.
• If an individual accommodation plan is denied, the manner in which the reasons for the denial will be provided to the employee.
• The means of providing the individual accommodation plan in a format that takes into account the employee’s accessibility needs due to disability.

CI Financial’s written process for the development of individual accommodation plans will address:

• The manner in which an employee requesting accommodation can participate in the development of their individual accommodation plan
• The means by which the employee is assessed on an individual basis
• The manner in which the employer can request an evaluation by an outside medical or other expert in order to determine if accommodation can be achieved and, if so, how.
• Any external evaluation will be at CI Financial’s expense.
• The manner in which the employee can request the participation of a representative from CI Financial
• The steps taken to protect the privacy of the employee’s medical information
• How often the individual accommodation plan will be reviewed and updated, and how this update will be accomplished o
• The means of providing the individual accommodation plan in a format that takes into account the employee’s accessibility needs due to disability

In progress January 1, 2016
3.8
Return to Work Process

29(1) Every employer, other than an employer that is a small organization,

a) Shall develop and have in place a return to work process for its employees who have been absent from work due to a disability and require disability-related accommodations in order to return to work; and
b) Shall document the process.

• CI Financial will update our current return to work processes to comply with the January 1, 2016 deadline. In progress January 1, 2016
 

29(2) The return to work process shall,

a) Outline the steps the employer will take to facilitate the return to work of employees who were absent because their disability required them to be away from work; and
b) Use documented individual accommodation plans, as part of the process.

• The documented return to work process will outline the steps CI Financial will take to facilitate the return to work and will include documented individual accommodation plans as part of the process In progress January 1, 2016
  29(3) The return to work process referenced in this section does not replace or override any other return to work process created by or under any other statute. • CI Financial’s documented return to work process will not replace or override any other return to work process created by or under any other statute In progress January 1, 2016
3.9
Performance Management
30(1) An employer that uses performance management in respect of its employees shall take into account the accessibility needs of employees with disabilities, as well as individual accommodation plans, when using its performance management process in respect of employees with disabilities. • CI Financial will take into account the accessibility needs of employees with disabilities, as well as individual accommodation plans, when conducting performance management •
• CI Financial will include a statement on all performance reviews which states that accommodation is available to all employees during the performance review process, including accessible formats and communication supports
In progress January 1, 2016
3.10
Career Development & Advancement
31(1) An employer that provides career development and advancement to its employees shall take into account the accessibility needs of its employees with disabilities as well as any individual accommodation plans, when providing career development and advancement to its employees with disabilities. • CI Financial will take into account the accessibility needs of employees with disabilities, as well as individual accommodation plans, when providing career development and advancement to employees In progress January 1, 2016
3.11
Redeployment
32(1) Redeployment shall take into account the accessibility needs of its employees with disabilities, as well as individual accommodation plans, when redeploying employees with disabilities. • Accessibility needs of employees with disabilities, as well as individual accommodation plans, when redeploying employees. In progress January 1, 2016
 
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