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Accessibility - Statement of Commitment

F.G. Lister & Co. Ltd. (the Company) is committed to treating all people in a way that allows them to maintain their dignity and independence. 
We believe in integration and equal opportunity.  We are committed to meeting the needs of people with disabilities in a timely manner, and will do so by preventing and removing barriers to accessibility and meeting accessibility requirements under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities.
(Act, 2005 - AODA*)
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This Multi-year Accessibility Plan outlines the policies and actions that the Company will put in place to improve opportunities for people with disabilities.  This plan will be reviewed and modified on an annual basis to reflect the Company’s accomplishments in improving accessibility tend to maintain compliance with the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulations (IASR).  The plan is available on the Company’s external websites and internal bulletin boards.Green_header_bar

Accessible Emergency Information

The Company is committed to providing the public with available emergency information in an accessible way upon request.  Employees with disabilities are also provided with individualized emergency response plan and information.

Status: Completed
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Customer Service Accessibility

The Company is committed to excellence in serving all customers including people with disabilities.

The Company has developed and put into place an Accessibility Standard for Customer Serve Plan that:

  • Allows assistive devices in the workplace
  • Considers a person’s disability when communicating
  • Allows service animals in areas of the premises that are allowable under the Food Safety Guidelines and Good Food
  • Manufacturing Practices as well as our HACCP regulations
  • Welcomes support persons
  • Informs the public when accessible services are not available
  • Welcomes feedback by telephone, writing, email or in person.


The Company has made the Accessibility Standard for Customer Service Plan available to the public and employees by posting it on our company bulletin boards, external website.  The Policy is also available in accessible format upon request.  The Company has trained employees that deal with the public on the policy and will train new employees.

Status: Completed
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Training

The Company will provide training to employees, interns and independent contractors on Ontario’s accessibility laws and on the Human Rights Code as it relates to people with disabilities.
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Training will be provided in a way that best suits the duties of an employee, interns and independent contractors.


The Company will take the following steps to ensure employees are provided with the training needed to meet Ontario’s accessible laws by January 1, 2015:

  • Train all HR staff on IASR requirements that apply to the company and requirements by the Ontario Human Rights code when related to persons with a disability.
  • Train all employees, interns and independent contractors as appropriate to their duties on the requirements of the Regulation and on the Human Rights Code as it pertains to persons with disabilities
  • Train employees involved in developing Company policies

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Information and Communications Standard

The Company is committed to meeting the communication needs of people with disabilities.  We will consult with people with disabilities to determine their information and communication needs.

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Feedback

The Company will ensure that our current feedback processes are accessible to persons with disabilities by providing accessible formats and communication supports, upon request.  When an accessible format is requested we will consult with the person to determine suitability of format.

Any feedback requests must be made to the Director of Human Resources.

Status: Completed
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Accessible Information

The Company will take the following steps to ensure all publicly available information is made accessible upon request by January 1, 2016.

  • We will respond to request in a timely manner
  • When a request is made we will consult with the person and take into account the person's accessibility needs that are appropriate to their disability
  • We will have a process in place for people to be provided with information and communication in an accessible format and we will explain in writing when an accessible format is not feasible and why
  • We will inform staff who may receive requests for accessible information on how to obtain accessible formats
  • We will notify the public about the availability of accessible formats and communication supports via external websites and Company bulletin boards.

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Website
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The Company has taken steps to make all new websites and content on those sites conform to the WCAG 2.0, Level A by January 1, 2014

The Company will take steps to ensure compliance is incorporated into the Company’s website project management and that all websites and content conform to the WCAG2.0 Level AA by January 1, 2021: This includes incorporating word links along side picture links.

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Employment

The Company is committed to identifying, removing and preventing barriers with regards to employment by evaluating existing policies and procedures in the workplace.

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Recruitment
IASR Compliance date: January 1, 2016

The Company is committed to equal opportunity employment and welcomes all applicants. 
Worker using a riding pallet moverWe will promote employment opportunities for the designated groups including persons with disabilities.

The Company is committed to fair and accessible employment practices.  We will take the following steps to notify the public and staff that, when requested, the Company will accommodate people with disabilities during the recruitment and assessment processes and when people are hired:

  • Let staff and the public know that we will accommodate disabilities during the recruitment and assessment processes upon request
  • If an applicant requests accommodation, we will consult with them to make arrangements to accommodate their needs.
  • We will notify new hires of our policies for accommodating employees with disabilities.

The Company will ensure employees know of its policies used to support its employees with disabilities and will update employees whenever there is a change made to existing policies.

Status Ongoing
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The Company will take the following steps to develop and put in place a process for developing individual accommodation plans and return-to-work policies for employees that have been absent die to a disability by January 1, 2016:

We will develop individual accommodation and return to work plans for employees that are returning to work after being absent due to a disability.

We will develop individual accommodation plans if the returning employee requires some form of disability-related accommodation.

Status:  Completed
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The Company will take the following steps to ensure the accessibility needs of employees with disabilities needs are taken into account if the Company is using performance management, career development and redeployment processes.

Make performance management accessible by reviewing an employee’s accommodation plan to understand their needs.

Provide documents in accessible formats, such as large print
We will train managers and supervisors to provide feedback and coaching to employees in a way that is accessible to them.

Consider what accommodations the employee will need and how to help employees with disabilities when considering career developments.

Consider how to help employees with disabilities succeed in our organization

Completed/Ongoing
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Design of Public Spaces

The Company will meet the Accessibility Standards for the design of Public Spaces when building or making major modifications to public spaces.  Public spaces would include:

  • Service related areas such as service counters, waiting areas and reception
  • Staff eating areas/lunch rooms

The Company will put procedures in place to prevent service disruptions to its accessible parts of its public spaces.

In the event of a service disruption, we will notify the public of the service disruption and alternatives available.

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For more information

For more information on this accessibility plan, please contact Elizabeth Comuzzi at:
Phone: 416 259 7621
Email:

Accessible formats of this document are available free upon request.




*AODA: Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

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Horner
Distribution Centre

475 Horner Avenue
Toronto, Ontario
M8W 4X7
Akron
Distribution Centre

50 Akron Rd.,Unit B
Toronto, Ontario
M8W 1T2
Ontario
Food Terminal

165 The Queensway
Toronto, Ontario
M8Y 1H8
Tel.: 416-259-7621 Tel.: 416-259-7621
EXT 376
Tel.: 416-251-6591
Fax: 416-259-1237 Fax: 416-853-6477 Fax: 416-251-0582

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