The Town of Essex is committed to responding to the needs of an accessible community. This commitment extends to our website.
The launch of our new website in 2013 is an important step toward meeting the requirements of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005.
By January 1, 2014, all website content, documents and tools must be in compliance with the provincial standard, which is based on the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 Level A. By January 1, 2014, our website must be in compliance with this standard, other than criteria 1.2.4 (captions) and 1.2.5 (pre-recorded audio description). The Town of Essex is making every effort to be Level AA compliant, which is the 2021 requirement.
Whenever possible, documents (PDF, Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint) dated January 1, 2012 or later will be posted to the website as accessible documents or will be converted to an accessible format in 2013. An effort will be made to make historical documents dated prior to December 31, 2011 available and compliant with the standard. In the event a document provided on the website contains elements that are inaccessible, an alternative format can be provided by contacting the Town of Essex at 519-776-7336.
The Town is making every effort to ensure that all internal tools are accessible and is working with third-party vendors to make them aware of the provincial requirements. The following third-party tools are available from the Town's website: essexconnect.ca (Active Network/CLASS), Laserfiche WebLink, Geocortex Map Viewer.