Accessibility


AstraZeneca Canada Accessibility policy

This accessibility policy outlines the policies and actions that AstraZeneca Canada will put in place to prevent and remove barriers for people with disabilities.

Statement of commitment

AstraZeneca Canada 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.

Information and Communications

We are committed to meeting the communication needs of people with disabilities.

We will ensure that all new websites and web content on all our internet and intranet websites conforms with WCAG 2.0, Level A by January 1, 2014.

We will ensure that all websites and web content on all our internet and intranet websites conforms with WCAG 2.0, Level AA by January 1, 2021.

We will take the following steps to ensure recipients of existing feedback processes are aware of the availability of accessible formats and communication supports upon request by January 1, 2015.

  • AstraZeneca Canada will notify recipients of feedback processes relating to the availability of accessible formats and communication supports. These accommodations and communication supports will be provided in a timely manner and will take into account the person’s accessibility needs.

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

  • Notify the public about the availability of accessible formats and communication supports.
  • Implement an alternate format request form with multiple options for completion.
  • Consult with the person making the request in determining the suitability of an alternative format or communication support.

Employment

We are committed to fair and accessible employment practices.

We will notify employees and the public about the availability of accommodations for applicants with disabilities in its job postings and within the formal employment offer letters.

We will create a written process for developing Individual Accommodation Plans for employees with disabilities. This process will include:

  • The employee’s participation in the development of the individual accommodation plan.
  • Assessment on an individual basis.
  • Timelines for providing accommodation.
  • Individual emergency response plans, if applicable

We will create a written process for developing return to work plans for employees that have been absent due to a disability and require accommodation to return to work. This process will include:

  • The employee’s participation in the development of the individual accommodation plan in conjunction with our standard process for employee return to work.

We will take into account the accessibility needs of employees with disabilities as well as individual accommodation plans of employees when conducting performance management, providing career development and advancement to employees, or when employees are redeployed.

Training

We will provide training to all Ontario employees, volunteers and other staff members on Ontario’s accessibility laws and on the Human Rights Code as it relates to people with disabilities. We will take the following steps to ensure employees are provided with the training needed to meet Ontario’s accessibility laws by January 1, 2015.

  • Training will be provided via AstraZeneca’s e-learning software to be completed by all current Ontario employees and by all new Ontario employees instructing them on the requirements of the Accessibility Standards and on the Human Rights Code as it pertains to persons with disabilities.

For more information on this accessibility policy at AstraZeneca Canada and other related policies and forms, please contact:

Bev Haines
T: 905-803-5740
Bev.Haines@astrazeneca.com