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Accessibility Policy 

This Accessibility Policy outlines the measures and strategies to ensure that our manufacturing facility, located in Ontario, Canada, remains inclusive and accessible to all employees, including those with disabilities. The policy is in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and reflects our commitment to fostering an inclusive workplace environment.

 

Fruitland Manufacturing® is committed to providing equal opportunities and creating an inclusive environment where all employees, including those with disabilities, can fully participate and contribute.

We recognize the importance of accessibility in all aspects of our operations and are dedicated to meeting the requirements of the AODA.

 

Training and Awareness:

All employees will receive training on accessibility standards and how to interact with individuals with disabilities respectfully and effectively.

Training sessions will be conducted regularly, including during onboarding for new employees and as part of ongoing professional development.

Resources such as online modules, workshops, and reference materials will be made available to support continuous learning.

 

Physical Accessibility:

The facility will undergo regular accessibility audits to identify and address any physical barriers.

Necessary modifications and improvements will be made to ensure accessibility throughout the facility, including entrances, pathways, restrooms, and common areas.

Clear signage, including Braille where applicable, will be provided to assist individuals with visual impairments in navigating the facility.

 

Communication Accessibility:

Information and communication materials, including company policies, procedures, and emergency protocols, will be provided in accessible formats upon request.

Alternative communication methods, such as email, text, or video conferencing, will be offered to accommodate diverse communication needs.

Efforts will be made to ensure that company websites, intranet portals, and digital platforms comply with accessibility standards, including compatibility with screen readers and other assistive technologies.

 

Assistive Technologies and Accommodations:

The organization will provide necessary assistive technologies and accommodations to support employees with disabilities in performing their job duties effectively.

Individualized accommodation plans will be developed in consultation with employees to identify specific needs and solutions.

Accommodations may include ergonomic furniture, screen readers, magnification software, and adaptive tools as required.

 

Recruitment and Employment Practices:

Our recruitment processes will be designed to be accessible and inclusive, including job postings, application procedures, and interview formats.

Accommodation requests during the recruitment process and throughout employment will be handled promptly and confidentially.

Performance management, career development, and advancement opportunities will be available to all employees based on merit and abilities, with accommodations provided as needed.

 

Feedback and Continuous Improvement:

Employees will be encouraged to provide feedback on accessibility-related matters, including barriers encountered and suggestions for improvement.

Feedback mechanisms, such as surveys, suggestion boxes, and open-door policies, will be implemented to gather input from employees.

The organization will regularly review and update this Accessibility Policy in response to feedback, changes in legislation, and advancements in accessibility best practices.

 

Compliance and Accountability:

Responsibility for implementing and monitoring this Accessibility Policy will be assigned to designated individuals within the organization.

Regular assessments and evaluations will be conducted to ensure compliance with accessibility standards and the effectiveness of implemented measures.

Non-compliance issues will be addressed promptly and corrective actions taken to rectify deficiencies.

 

By implementing this Accessibility Policy, we aim to create a supportive and inclusive work environment where all employees, regardless of their abilities, can thrive and contribute to the success of our organization. Through ongoing commitment, collaboration, and continuous improvement, we will strive to remove barriers and promote accessibility for all.

 

Our policies and procedures comply with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA) and the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation.

Feedback Process:

Comments and feedback about the delivery of services to persons with disabilities are welcome, as it may help identify areas that require change and assist in continuous improvement. Feedback will be addressed immediately, although some responses may require a more in-depth review.

To provide feedback or suggestions please contact us using any of the following methods:

Online: cwhite@fruitland-mfg.com
By Phone: 905-662-6552
In Writing:
324 Leaside Ave
Stoney Creek, ON
L8E 2N7
Canada
ATTENTION: Chris White