Accessibility Plan

 Multi-Year Accessibility Plan for:

MERIT PRECISION LTD.

This 2014-21 accessibility plan outlines the policies and actions that have been or will be put in place to improve opportunities and safety for people with disabilities.

Statement of Commitment

Merit Precision Ltd 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. 

Accessible Emergency Information 

Merit Precision Ltd is committed to providing the customers and clients with publicly available emergency information in an accessible way upon request. We will also provide employees with disabilities with individualized emergency response information when necessary.

Training 

Merit Precision Ltd is committed to develop and implement appropriate training materials. The company will ensure training is provided before or as soon as possible after the trainee starts his/her job. 

Whenever Merit alters its policies and practices regarding accessibility it will schedule for periodic re-training to ensure ongoing awareness and understanding.  

The company will keep and maintain a record of the training provided, including the dates that the training was provided and the number of individuals to whom it was provided. 

Training will be provided to Supervisors and Managers on Ontario’s accessibility laws and on the Human Rights Code as it relates to people with disabilities. Training will be provided in a way that best suits their duties. 

Merit Precision Ltd will provide accessibility training every year to front line leaders to help remove attitudinal barriers to ensure Front Line Leaders are provided with the training needed to meet Ontario’s accessible laws by January 1, 2015.

Assistive Devices

Merit Precision  Ltd will allow assistive devices to be used in the facility as long as they are deemed to be safe. 

Service animals may be used in the office environment.

Kiosks

 Merit Precision Ltd does not have any kiosks. However should we decide to build them we will consider the needs of people with disabilities when designing, procuring or acquiring self-service kiosks after January 1, 2014.

Information and communications 

Merit Precision Ltd 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.

Merit Precision Ltd will ensure all new websites produced after January 1, 2014 will meet the WCAG 2.0, Level A standard. 

Merit Precision Ltd will take the following steps to ensure existing feedback processes are accessible to people with disabilities upon request by January 1, 2015:

-Promote the ability to use email to provide confidential feedback. 

To the President  tbarrie@meritprecision.com

To the VP General Manager dbailey@meritprecison.com 

-put up signs, posters and other reminders which are visible to visitors and employees on how to provide feedback

Merit Precision Ltd will take the following steps to make sure all publicly available information is made accessible upon request by January 1, 2016.

-any brochures, posters or other information that is published by Merit will be made available in an accessible format

-ensure visitors, employees know who to request this information from by putting up posters of Human Resource’s contact information

Merit Precision Ltd will take the following steps to make all websites and content conform to WCAG 2.0, Level AA by January 1, 2021:

-partner with IT to ensure all content on our website permits WCAG 2.0, Level AA. 

Employment 

Merit Precision  Ltd is committed to fair and accessible employment practices. 

The company will take the following steps to notify the public and staff that, when requested, will accommodate people with disabilities during the recruitment and assessment processes and when people are hired. 

  • Review and, as necessary, modify existing recruitment, assessment, and selection procedures and processes; 
  • Notify all job applicants and the public that accommodation is available during the recruitment process on request, by specifying same in job postings and on the careers section of the Merit website; 
  • Specify that accommodation is available for applicants with disabilities in recruitment-related materials and during scheduling of interviews and assessments; 
  • If an applicant requests accommodation, consult with the applicant and arrange for the provision of suitable accommodation that takes into account the applicant’s needs due to disability; 
  • When making offers of employment, notify the successful applicant of Merit Precision  Ltdpolicies for accommodating individuals with disabilities 

Merit Precision  Ltd  currently has a written and formal Return to Work Policy as well as individual accommodation plans for employees that have been absent due to a disability. We will continue to monitor this policy and ensure that it is communicated to all employees along with Managers and Supervisors.

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

-train Managers and Supervisors on the disabilities that exist in our workplace

-review all performance management documentation prior to issuing to employees

-develop a career development policy that does not discriminate based on disability

-communicate to all employees that Merit doesn’t promote, demote, and transfer an employee’s position based on a disability

Design of Public Spaces 

Merit Precision   Ltd will meet the Accessibility Standards for the Design of Public Spaces when building or making major modifications to public spaces.

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

For More Information 

For more information on this accessibility plan please contact us at: 

Phone: 705-742-4200 

Email Tim Barrie tbarrie@meritprecision.com 

Mail: Write to 

Tim Barrie, President

Merit Precision 

2035 Fisher Dr, PO Box 268

Peterborough, ON

K9J 6Y8