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Website Accessibility

Website Accessibility

The Town of Essex is committed to responding to the needs of an accessible community. This commitment extends to our website.

The launch of this website in 2013 was 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 were required to 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 was 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 are posted to the website as accessible documents. An effort has been made to make historical documents dated prior to December 31, 2011 available and compliant with the standard.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.