Helping retailers in Ontario improve accessibility. - Retail Council of Canada

Helping retailers in Ontario improve accessibility.

Retail Council of Canada launching retail-specific training Workshop and Webinar Series to make it easier for retailers to comply with Ontario’s accessibility laws.


TORONTO, August 14, 2017

As part of an EnAbling Change project with the Government of Ontario, Retail Council of Canada (RCC) has developed a retail-specific Workshop and Webinar series to help retailers know what they need to do to comply with legislation that aims to improve accessibility in areas that impact the daily lives of people with disabilities.

With a compliance reporting deadline of December 31, 2017, the launch of the 2017 EnAbling Change for Retailers Workshop and Webinar series could not be more timely.

“We’re very honoured to have been selected as a key partner in helping retailers in Ontario succeed at making their stores more accessible,” said Diane J. Brisebois, President and CEO of Retail Council of Canada, adding, “Shopping is such an important part of peoples’ everyday lives and removing barriers to help all people in Ontario have a better retail experience is an excellent example of how retail matters in this province.”

This year’s series will consist of a Workshop held at Retail Council of Canada’s offices in Toronto on September 29, 2017 as well as a series of five webinars. The first webinar, entitled How to Comply is on August 22, 2017. The webinars are free and open to all retailers.

View the full schedule of EnAbling Change for Retailers Workshop and Webinar series.

Along with prominent retailers, guest speakers in this series include representatives from:
• Accessibility Directorate of Ontario
• Ontario Human Rights Commission
• Ministry of Municipal Affairs
• Canadian Mental Health Association

The EnAbling Change Program is an Ontario Government initiative that provides support to non-profit organizations to help an industry or sector comply with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and increase accessibility in workplaces and communities.


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Retail is Canada’s largest employer with 2.1 million Canadians working in our industry, which annually generates over $73 billion in wages and employee benefits.   Core retail sales (excluding vehicles and gasoline) were $353 billion in 2016.  Retail Council of Canada (RCC) members represent more than two thirds of core retail sales in the country. RCC is a not-for-profit industry-funded association and represents small, medium and large retail business in every community across the country. As the Voice of Retail™ in Canada, we proudly represent more than 45,000 storefronts in all retail formats, including department, grocery, specialty, discount, independent retailers and online merchants.