AODA

Accessibility For Ontarians With Disabilities Act (AODA)

Customer Service Policy

Burlington Taxi Inc. is committed to diversity, inclusion and accessibility in everything we do. These core values are fundamental to the way we do business and come through in the experiences we design for people. With this in mind, we are continuously taking steps to improve the overall accessibility of the Burlington Taxi Inc. experience.

In compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), Burlington Taxi Inc. wishes to make available our customer service policy:

Our Commitment

It is the policy of Burlington Taxi Inc. that our location is committed to providing accessibility and equitable customer service to each and every one of our diverse and valued customers.  We strive to design and operate our location so that it is are accessible to all persons with disabilities, and we are committed to providing services in a manner that respects the dignity and independence of persons with disabilities.

Use Of Service Animals And Support Persons

Service Animals

Persons with disabilities may enter any Burlington Taxi Inc. premises accompanied by a service animal and keep the animal with them, if the public has access to such premises, and the animal is not otherwise excluded by law.  While visiting Burlington Taxi Inc. it is the responsibility of the person with a service animal to control the animal at all times.

In the event a Burlington Taxi Inc. partner or customer is allergic to animals, alternative arrangements will be negotiated.

Support Persons

Persons with disabilities may enter Burlington Taxi Inc. premises accompanied by a support person and may have access to that support person at all times.

Burlington Taxi Inc. may require a person with a disability to be accompanied by a support person while on Burlington Taxi Inc. premises in situations where it is necessary to protect the health and safety of the person with a disability, or the health and safety of others on the premises.

Consent from the person with a disability is required when communicating private issues related to the person with a disability, in the presence of a support person.

Notice Of Temporary Disruption

Burlington Taxi Inc. will make reasonable effort to provide customers with notice in the event of a disruption in the facilities or services usually used by people with disabilities.  This notice will include information about the reason for the disruption, and its anticipated duration, and a description of alternative facilities or services, if available.  We may not be able to give advance notice in case of an emergency disruption.

In order to make information accessible, the signs and printed notices should be clearly laid out.  The signs and printed notices will be displayed prominently at the entrance to the Burlington Taxi Inc. location.

Training For Partners

Burlington Taxi Inc. will ensure that all persons to whom this policy applies receive training as required by the Accessibility Standards for Customer Service.  In addition, training will be provided on a continuous basis to all newly hired employees of Burlington Taxi Inc. as part of our onboarding process.

A record of training received by Burlington Taxi Inc. employees will be kept by the human resources department.  Training will include:

  • The purpose of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005;
  • The requirements of the Accessibility Standards for Customer Service (Ontario Regulation 429/08);
  • Information about Burlington Taxi Inc. policies and procedures pertaining to the provision of Burlington Taxi Inc. services to persons with disabilities;
  • How to interact and communicate with persons with various types of disabilities;
  • What to do if a person with a disability is having difficulty accessing a Burlington Taxi Inc. location;
  • How to interact with people with disabilities who use assistive devices or require the assistance of a service animal or support person.
Feedback Process

Burlington Taxi Inc. welcomes feedback, including feedback about the delivery of our services to persons with disabilities.  Burlington Taxi Inc. will investigate and respond to all complaints relating to such services in a timely, thorough and objective manner.  All customers can submit feedback or questions to (905) 333-3333) or by email at info@burlingtontaxi.com

Modifications To This Or Other Policies

Burlington Taxi Inc. is committed to developing customer service policies that respect and promote the dignity and independence of people with disabilities.  Burlington Taxi Inc. retains the right to amend or change this policy at any time; however, any such change will only be made after considering the impact on people with disabilities.

Section 2 – BURLINGTON TAXI INC. Multi-Year Accessibility Plan

Customer Service Standard

AODA Standard Action Description Status Compliance Date
General Establishment of Policies and Procedures All BURLINGTON TAXI INC. Policies and Practices have been drafted to embody the four AODA principles of Dignity, Independence, Integration and Equal Opportunity
Specific practices were drafted to cover:

  • Assistive Devices
  • Notice of Service Disruptions
  • Communication
  • Service Animals
  • Feedback
  • Support Persons
  • Training
Created January 2012 and ongoing January 2012
BURLINGTON TAXI INC. will ensure that methods of communication will be available in any way that is deemed reasonable when accessing BURLINGTON TAXI INC. programs and services.
BURLINGTON TAXI INC. is committed to providing service excellence in the delivery of all programs and services to its members who may require the use of assistive devices.
BURLINGTON TAXI INC. will train its employees to ensure that they are familiar with the various types of assistive devices that may be used by persons with disabilities when accessing our BURLINGTON TAXI INC. facilities, programs and services.
January 2012 and ongoing January 2012
Service Animals People with disabilities who are accompanied by a service animal will be welcomed at all of our locations that are open to the public.
Staff/volunteers will be properly trained in how to interact with people with disabilities who are accompanied by a service animal.
Created January 2012 and ongoing January 2012
Support Persons People with disabilities who are accompanied by a support person will be welcomed at all of our locations that are open to the public.
Any person with a disability who is accompanied by a support person will be allowed to enter BURLINGTON TAXI INC. 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.
Staff will be properly trained in how to interact with people with disabilities who are accompanied by a support person.
Created January 2012 and ongoing January 2012
Communication BURLINGTON TAXI INC. will make every effort to communicate with persons with disabilities in ways that take into account their disability.
Staff will be trained on how to interact and communicate with people with various types of disabilities. Communication is a process of providing, sending, receiving and understanding information.
Depending on the situation and the person’s needs, BURLINGTON TAXI INC. will offer alternatives ways to make communications more accessible. Finding a suitable communication method may require consideration of the situation or circumstances of the provider and of the person with a disability.
Created January
2012 and ongoing
January 2012
Feedback Process Members and participants may provide feedback regarding the way we provide services to
those with disabilities in person, by telephone, in writing or by email.All feedback will be directed to the General Manager or VP of Operations. Members or participants can expect to hear back within 2 business days.
Created January
2012 and ongoing
January 2012
Training BURLINGTON TAXI INC. will provide the appropriate training to all employees and others who deal with the public.
When policies, practices or procedures on the provision of goods or services to people with disabilities change, updated training will be provided to all staff/volunteers.
Initial training will be provided at time of orientation, no less than three months (probation period) after staff commence their duties.
Created January
2012 and ongoing
January 2012
Notice of Service Disruptions In the event of a planned or unexpected disruption in the facilities or services usually used by people with disabilities, notices will be posted.
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. A notice will be placed on our website as well.
Created January
2012 and ongoing
January 2012

Integrated Accessibility Standard

AODA Standard
Sub-Section
Action Description Status Compliance
Date
General Accessibility Policies Burlington Taxi Inc. will develop, implement and maintain policies that meet AODA requirements. Created January 2012 and ongoing January 2014
Accessibility Plans Burlington Taxi Inc. will establish, implement, maintain and document a multi-year accessibility
plan, which will outline Burlington Taxi Inc.’s strategy to prevent and remove barriers.
Created January 2014
Training Burlington Taxi Inc. will provide the appropriate training to all employees. All training will encompass the AODA Regulations and the Human
Rights Code.Training will occur on an ongoing basis and whenever changes are made to relevant policies, practices and procedures.Training will be provided to each person as soon as practicable after he or she is assigned applicable duties.
Created
and ongoing
January 2015
Filing Reports Burlington Taxi Inc. will file all applicable annual Ministry reports Yearly Yearly
Kiosks Burlington Taxi Inc. will take into consideration when designing, procuring and installing Kiosks that they allow users to access or use in accessible ways None presently used January 2014
Information and
Communication
Emergency Response
Information
Burlington Taxi Inc. has prepared  and our staff are trained on our emergency procedures and plans.  They are not made available to the public. If that changes we will provide the information in an accessible format and with appropriate communication supports. January 2012 January 2012
Formats and Communication Supports Burlington Taxi Inc. is committed to consulting with and providing people with disabilities
accessible formats and communication supports when requested.Burlington Taxi Inc. will notify the public about the availability of accessible formats and communication supports.
Being Developed January 2016
Website and Web Content Burlington Taxi Inc. is committed to ensuring that our internet and its content conforms with the WWW Consortium Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (“WCAG”) 2.0 Level A and eventually increasing to Level AA. Being Developed January 2014 – 2021
Feedback Members and participants may provide feedback regarding the way we provide services to those with disabilities in person, by telephone, in writing or by email.
All feedback will be directed to the General Manager or VP of Operations. Members or participants can expect to hear back within 2 business days.
Created January 2012 January 2015
Employment Accommodations Recruitment Burlington Taxi Inc. will ensure that both employees and members of the public will be made aware that accommodations are available.

Burlington Taxi Inc. will add a section on job postings and applications that will allow individuals applying for jobs to inform Burlington Taxi Inc. if they require accommodations.

Once an applicant is selected for an interview, that person will be asked if they require any accommodations during the interview process.

Burlington Taxi Inc. will ensure that all successful candidates are informed about BURLINGTON TAXI INC. Accessibility policies and procedures.

Being Developed January 2016
Return to Work Burlington Taxi Inc. will ensure that employees are made aware of the Return to Work process for employees who have been absent from work due to a disability and require accommodations. All Return to Work plans will be documented and added to the employee’s individual plan. Being
Developed
January 2016
Performance Management Burlington Taxi Inc. will ensure that accessibility needs are taken into account during an employee’s Performance Appraisal. All Performance Management plans will be documented. Being
Developed
January 2016
Career Development Burlington Taxi Inc. will ensure that accessibility needs are taken into account during an employee’s Career Development and that no opportunity is overlooked due to accommodation needs. All Career Development plans will be documented. Being
Developed
January 2016
Redeployment Burlington Taxi Inc. will ensure that accessibility needs are taken into account if an employee is redeployed. All
Redeployment plans will be documented.
Being
Developed
January 2016
Individual
Emergency Response Information
Burlington Taxi Inc. has provided all employees with disabilities an individualized plan for when emergency situations arise. Implemented
January 2012 and ongoing
January 2012
Communication
Supports
Burlington Taxi Inc. will train all employees on the AODA Policies.

All AODA Information will be provided to employees at time of hire and if there are policy changes.

Created
January 2012 and ongoing
January 2016