Respecting the Dignity of People with Disabilities
Creditron Canada Inc., (“Creditron”) 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 improving accessibility and 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 applicable laws that deal with accessibility for persons with disabilities.
A. Customers, Business Partners and Members of the Public
Creditron is committed to excellence in serving all of its customers, and in dealing with all of its business partners and members of the public, including people with disabilities.
We will communicate with our customers, business partners and members of the public with disabilities in ways that take into account their disability.
When dealing with Creditron, our customers, business partners and members of the public with disabilities are welcome to use assistive devices that help them with daily living. We will ensure that relevant staff are trained and familiar with any assistive devices we may have on our premises or that we provide that may be used by individuals with disabilities while on our premises.
We welcome the service animals of customers, business partners and members of the public with disabilities. Service animals are allowed on the parts of our premises that are open to the public.
A customer, business partner or member of the public with a disability who is assisted by a support person will be allowed to have that person accompany them on our premises or when dealing with us.
Notice of Temporary Disruption
In the event of a planned or unexpected disruption to our services or facilities that may impact customers, business partners or members of the public with disabilities, we will post a notice promptly, setting out the reason for the disruption, its anticipated length of time, and a description of any alternative facilities or services, if available.
Customers, business partners and any other members of the public who wish to provide feedback on the way Creditron provides products and services to people with disabilities can contact us by any means they choose, including verbally, in writing, by email, by telephone or by fax:
If Creditron requests feedback or input from customers, business partners or other members of the public in connection with its products and services, Creditron is willing to receive and respond to such feedback or input in multiple ways from people with disabilities, as set out above.
Creditron will take reasonable steps to accommodate job applicants with disabilities during the recruitment and assessment process for employment with Creditron. We will make this clear in our job postings, and we will also notify job applicants if they are selected to participate in the recruitment process.
If a job applicant requests accommodation, we will consult with them and make reasonable adjustments appropriate for the particular situation. If a job applicant is successful and is hired by Creditron, we will notify them of our policy with respect to accommodation of employees with disabilities, discussed in the paragraph below.
Accommodation of Employees
If requested by an employee with a disability, Creditron will take reasonable steps to support and accommodate the employee’s accessibility needs. Our Canadian Employee Handbook contains additional information about our accommodation policies, as well as our commitment to employment equity and diversity in the workplace.
When using performance management processes, providing career development opportunities to employees, or moving employees from one job to another, Creditron will take into account the accessibility needs of employees with disabilities. This includes reviewing any existing accommodation plan for the employee to understand their needs and assess whether adjustments are required for their success, making performance management documents such as performance plans available in accessible formats or with communication supports when requested, providing feedback and coaching in a manner that is accessible to the employee, and considering what accommodations the employee may reasonably need when learning new skills or taking on additional job responsibilities.
Accessibility of Workplace Information
If requested by an employee with a disability, Creditron will take reasonable steps to make workplace information accessible in a format or with communication supports that are appropriate for their needs. Workplace information means any information that employees need to perform their jobs, as well as general information that is available to all employees.
Creditron will provide customized workplace emergency information to any employee who we are aware has a disability and who may require help in an emergency. We will work with those employees individually to determine what their limitations might be in an emergency situation, and tailor an emergency response plan accordingly. With the employee’s consent, we will share this information with any other staff designated to help them in an emergency. We will review this information if an employee changes work locations, or if their overall accommodation needs change, or if Creditron reviews its emergency response policies generally.
Employees are encouraged to speak to their managers about creating a customized workplace emergency plan for them if they have a disability, whether temporary or permanent, as Creditron may not be aware of an existing disability. In addition, if requested, Creditron will provide emergency information to any employee with a disability in a format that he or she can understand.
C. Information and Communications
Creditron is committed to meeting the communication needs of people with disabilities. When asked to do so, we will take reasonable steps to provide information and communications materials, including about our products, services and facilities, in accessible formats or with communication supports. We will consult with people with disabilities to determine their information and communication needs, and will take steps to respond reasonably based on an individual’s needs, the format in question, and available resources.
D. Website Accessibility
Creditron is working towards making our website accessible to people with disabilities, with the aim of having content posted on our website eventually conform with Level A of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 and Level AA of WCAG 2.0 (other than items 1.2.4 and 1.2.5 relating to captions and audio description, respectively).
WCAG 2.0 is an internationally-accepted standard for web accessibility for people with disabilities, developed by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), an international team of experts. These guidelines cover issues such as writing web content in clear language, providing alternate text for images, and making sure that someone can navigate a website with just a keyboard. For further information on the WCAG 2.0 standards, please visit http://www.w3.org/WAI/intro/wcag.
E. Design of Public Spaces
Creditron will meet applicable accessibility requirements if it builds or makes major modifications to public spaces, such as accessible off-street parking or service-related elements like service counters or waiting areas.
Creditron will make this Accessibility Policy available to the public on our website, and will provide it to all employees. If requested, Creditron will provide this Accessibility Policy in an accessible format, such as in large print.
Creditron is committed to training its staff (and other persons where required by applicable law) on applicable accessibility laws that apply to persons with disabilities, as well as on the accessibility commitments set out in this policy. Training will be provided in a way that is appropriate to the duties of such individuals.
Any of our policies or practices that do not respect and promote the dignity and independence of people with disabilities will be modified or removed. Creditron will periodically review and revise this Accessibility Policy as appropriate.
For more information on this Accessibility Policy, or for accessible formats of this document, please contact:
Debbie Barrafato, CFO & EVP
Creditron Canada Inc.
2265 Upper Middle Road East, Suite 100
Oakville, ON L6H – 0G5
Customers can expect a response within in ten days. The feedback may outline actions deemed appropriate, if any.