Ontario Securities Commission
Accessibility Policy – Providing Goods and Services to People with Disabilities
1. Our mandateThe mandate of the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) is to provide protection to investors from unfair, improper or fraudulent practices, and to foster fair and efficient capital markets and confidence in capital markets.
2. Our commitmentIn fulfilling our mandate, the OSC strives at all times to provide its goods and services in a way that respects the dignity and independence of people with disabilities. We are committed to giving people with disabilities the same opportunity to access our goods and services and allowing them to benefit from the same goods and services, in the same place and in a similar way as other members of the public.
3. Providing goods and services to people with disabilitiesThe OSC is committed to excellence in providing goods and services to all members of the public, including people with disabilities and we will carry out our functions and responsibilities in the following areas:
3.1 CommunicationWe will communicate with people with disabilities in a manner that takes into account their disability. We will train staff on how to interact and communicate with people with various types of disabilities.
3.2 PublicationsWe will provide our publications in alternative formats, upon request, in a timely manner, dependent upon document specifications (e.g. length of document, format required).
3.3 Telephone servicesWe are committed to providing fully accessible telephone service to all members of the public. We will train staff to communicate over the telephone in clear and plain language and to speak clearly and slowly. We will offer to communicate with people by Teletypewriter (TTY) and email if telephone communication is not suitable to their communication needs or is not available.
3.4 Assistive devicesWe are committed to providing goods and services to people with disabilities who use assistive devices to use or benefit from our goods and services. We will ensure that our staff is familiar with various assistive devices that may be used by people with disabilities while accessing our goods and services.
We will also ensure that staff know how to use the assistive devices that are available on our premises. The following assistive devices have been installed or are available:
Building common areas:
- Automatic door operators have been installed at both the street entrance and mall entrance to our building.
- The lobby also has wheelchair elevators/lifts at both the street entrance and mall entrance. Assistance in using these devices is immediately available by pressing the contact button located at the lifts.
- Elevator surrounds have raised lettering and Braille signage to indicate floor numbers.
- Elevator interiors have raised numeric pad for floor selections.
- Audio notification is provided at each elevator lobby to indicate elevator direction (one ring tone for up two ring tones for down).
Within the OSC premises:
- Automatic door operators have been installed at public access points, and within floor interiors of the OSC.
- Stand-alone unisex accessible washrooms are located on the 17th floor, 14th floor and 21st floor – access by the public can be obtained by asking at Reception located on the 17th floor.
- The computer located at the public records window on the 22nd floor has been equipped with a large print keyboard and Zoom Text software.
- Swing arm magnifier/light is available at the public records window on the 22nd floor.
- Hearing rooms’ witness stand, counsel’s table, and hearing room seating are all wheel chair accessible.
- All kitchen counters have been designed to provide wheel chair access.
- OSC can be contacted by TTY at 1-866-827-1295
4. Use of service animals and support personsWe are committed to welcoming people with disabilities who are accompanied by a service animal to the areas of our premises that are open to the public and other third parties.
We are committed to welcoming people with disabilities who are accompanied by a support person. Any person with a disability who is accompanied by a support person will be allowed to enter the OSC premises with his or her support person. At no time will a person with a disability who is accompanied by a support person be prevented from having access to his or her support person while on our premises.
5. Notice of temporary disruptionThe OSC will provide notice in the event of a planned or unexpected disruption in the facilities or services usually used by people with disabilities. This notice will include information about the reason for the disruption, its anticipated duration, and a description of alternative facilities or services, if available. The notice will be placed at all public entrances and service counters on our premises and posted on our website.
6. Training for staffThe OSC will provide training to all employees. Training will include the following:
- The purpose of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 and the requirements of the customer service standard.
- How to interact and communicate with people with various types of disabilities.
- How to interact with people with disabilities who use an assistive device or require the assistance of a service animal or a support person.
- Availability of assistive devices available on our premises.
- What to do if a person with a disability is having difficulty in accessing the OSC’s goods and services.
- The OSC’s policies, practices and procedures relating to the customer service standard.
This training will be provided when staff commence their duties. All staff will be required to confirm that they have been trained in the OSC’s accessibility policies, practices and procedures. Staff will also be trained on an ongoing basis when changes are made to these policies, practices and procedures.