10/13/2010

Re: Proposal Number: 10-CSS002 as posted on Regulatory Registry.
The approach of consolidating the AODA standards into a common regulation addresses a number of the concerns previously raised by AMO with respect to the harmonization of the standards, including the need for common definitions (although greater clarity is still needed) and the ability to consolidate like-requirements (i.e., training) in order to make the maximum use of scarce resources. Further, it provides for a single reference point with respect to AODA legislation, making it easier for organizations to access and assess requirements and to plan for and achieve compliance.

However, a number of concerns remain outstanding for AMO and its members, most notably the further need for harmonization across standards and government initiatives and the ability of the current municipal capacity to meet the provincial expectations that have been set out on the integrated regulation.