Compass Customer Service Policy and Procedure
Providing Goods and Services to People with Disabilities
Compass is subject to legislation which has been enacted with the goal of developing standards that would improve accessibility for people with disabilities. Such legislation requires Compass to be in compliance with a number of customer service accessibility standards.
This policy is intended to meet current legislative requirements and applies to the provision of goods and services to the public, not the goods themselves
This policy aims to ensure that persons with disabilities are provided equal opportunity to obtain, use and benefit from Compass goods and services. Reasonable efforts will be made to ensure that:
- Goods and services are provided in a manner that respects the dignity and independence of persons with disabilities;
- The goods and services provided to persons with disabilities are integrated with the provision to others unless an alternate measure is necessary to allow a person with a disability to benefit from the goods and services. The alternate measure may be temporary or permanent;
- Communication with a person with a disability is conducted in a manner that takes into account his or her disability;
- People with disabilities may use assistive devices, service animals and support persons as is necessary to access Compass goods and services. If a service animal is excluded by law from a premise, other measures will be made available for the person with a disability to access the goods or services.
- This policy governs the provision of goods and services by Compass operated facilities, as well as the provision of Compass goods and services off the premises by Compass employees, volunteers, agents and/or contractors who act on behalf or represent Compass.
- The part of the policy that deals with the use of service animals and support persons applies only to goods and services provided by Compass at premises operated by Compass.
Compass is committed to excellence in serving all Clients including people with disabilities.
In fulfilling our purpose, Compass is committed to providing its goods and services in a way that respects the dignity and independence of people with disabilities. We are also committed to
giving people with disabilities the same opportunity to access our goods and services and allowing them to benefit from the same services, in the same place and in a similar way as other Clients.
Providing goods and services to people with disabilities
Compass is committed to excellence in serving all Clients including people with disabilities and we will carry out our functions and responsibilities in the following areas:
- Communication: We will communicate with people with disabilities in ways that take into account their disability. We will train staff who communicate with Clients on how to interact and communicate with people with various types of disabilities.
- Telephone services: We are committed to providing fully accessible telephone service to our Clients. We will train staff to communicate with Clients over the telephone in clear and plain language and to speak clearly and slowly. We will offer to communicate with customers by e- mail, text message, and other services which may become available if telephone communication is not suitable to their communication needs or is not available.
- Assistive devices: We are committed to serving people with disabilities who use assistive devices to obtain, use or benefit from our goods and services. We will ensure that our staff are trained and familiar with various assistive devices that may be used by individuals with disabilities while accessing our goods or services. We will ensure that our service employees are trained in the use of the various assistive devices provided by Compass, for individuals with disabilities while accessing our facilities or services.
- Billing: We are committed to providing accessible invoices to all of our Clients. For this reason, invoices will be provided in the following formats upon request: hard copy, large print, and e-mail.
We will answer any questions Clients may have about the content of the invoice in person, by telephone or e-mail.
Use of service animals and support persons
We are committed to welcoming people with disabilities who are accompanied by a service animal on the parts of our premises that are open to the public and other third parties. We will also ensure that all staff, volunteers and others dealing with the public are properly trained in how to interact with people with disabilities who are accompanied by a service animal.
We are committed to welcoming people with disabilities who are accompanied by a support person. Any person with a disability who is accompanied by a support person will be allowed to enter Compass’ premises with his or her support person. At no time will a person with a disability who is accompanied by a support person be prevented from having access to his or her support person while on our premises.
Fees will not be charged for support persons for admission to Compass’ premises.
Notice of temporary disruption
Compass will provide Clients with notice in the event of a planned or unexpected disruption in the facilities or services usually used by people with disabilities. This notice will include information about the reason for the disruption, the anticipated duration, and a description of alternative facilities or services, if available.
The notice will be placed at all public entrances and reception counters on our premises.
Training for staff
Compass will ensure that all persons to whom this policy applies receive training as required by applicable legislation.
This training will be provided as soon as practicable following a new employee commencing employment with Compass.
Training will include the following:
- The purposes of applicable law – including the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 and the requirements of the customer service standard
- How to interact and communicate with people with various types of disabilities
- How to interact with people with disabilities who use an assistive device or require the assistance of a service animal or a support person
- How to use the equipment or devices available at Compass that may help with the provision of services to persons with disabilities.
- What to do if a person with a disability is having difficulty in accessing Compass’ goods and services
- Compass’ policies, practices and procedures relating to the customer service standard
Staff will be trained on policies, practices and procedures that affect the way goods and services are provided to people with disabilities. Staff will also be trained on an ongoing basis when changes are made to these policies, practices and procedures.
The ultimate goal of Compass is to meet and surpass Client expectations while serving Clients with disabilities. Comments on our services regarding how well those expectations are being met are welcome and appreciated.
Feedback regarding the way Compass provides goods and services to people with disabilities can be made by letter, e-mail or verbally. All feedback will be directed to Compass’ Human Resources team. Clients can expect to hear back within 5 business days.
Modifications to this or other policies
We are committed to developing customer service policies that respect and promote the dignity and independence of people with disabilities. Therefore, no changes will be made to this policy before considering the impact on people with disabilities.
Integrated Accessibility Standards Policy
The following policy has been established by Compass to govern the provision of services with Regulation 191/11, “Integrated Accessibility Standards” (“Regulation”) under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005.
These standards are developed to break down barriers and increase accessibility for persons with disabilities in the areas of information and communications and employment.
Compass is governed by this policy as well as the Accessibility Standards for Customer Service Policy and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 in meeting the accessibility needs of persons with disabilities
Compass will develop, maintain and document an Accessibility Plan outlining the agency’s strategy to prevent and remove barriers from its workplace and to improve opportunities for persons with disabilities.
The Accessibility Plan will be reviewed and updated at least once every five years, and will be posted on the agency’s website. Upon request, Compass will provide a copy of the Accessibility Plan in an accessible format.
Training Employees and Volunteers
Compass will ensure that training is provided on the requirements of the accessibility standards referred to in the Regulation and continue to provide training on the Human Rights Code as it pertains to persons with disabilities, to:
- all its employees and volunteers
- all persons who participate in developing Compass’ policies; and,
- all other persons who provide goods, services or facilities on behalf of the agency
The training will be appropriate to the duties of the employees, volunteers and other persons.
Employees will be trained when changes are made to the accessibility policy. New employees will be trained as soon as practicable.
Compass will keep a record of the training it provides.
Compass 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 persons 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.
This policy will be implemented in accordance with the time frames established by the Regulation.
INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS STANDARDS
Compass will continue to ensure that its process for receiving and responding to feedback is accessible to persons with disabilities by providing, or arranging for the provision of, accessible formats and communications supports, upon request
Accessible Formats and Communications Supports
Upon request, Compass will provide, or will arrange for the provision of accessible formats and communication supports for persons with disabilities in a timely manner that takes into account the person’s accessibility needs due to disability.
Compass will consult with the person making the request in determining the suitability of an accessible format or communication support.
Compass will also notify the public about the availability of accessible formats and communication supports.
Accessible Websites and Web Content
Compass will ensure that our Internet websites, including web content, conform to the World Wide Web Consortium Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, at Level AA except where this is impracticable
Compass will notify its employees and the public about the availability of accommodation for applicants with disabilities in its recruitment process.
Recruitment, Assessment or Selection Process
Compass will notify job applicants, when they are individually selected to participate further in an assessment or selection process that accommodations are available upon request in relation to the materials or processes to be used.
If a selected applicant requests an accommodation, Compass will consult with the applicant and provide, or arrange for the provision of, a suitable accommodation in a manner that takes into account the applicant’s accessibility needs due to disability.
Notice to Successful Applicants
When making offers of employment, Compass will notify the successful applicant of its policies for accommodating employees with disabilities, upon request.
Informing Employees of Supports
Compass will continue to inform its employees of its policies (and any updates to those policies) used to support employees with disabilities, including policies on the provision of job accommodations that take into account an employee’s accessibility needs due to disability. This information will be provided to new employees as soon as practicable after commencing employment.
Accessible Formats and Communication Supports for Employees
Upon the request of an employee with a disability, Compass will consult with the employee to provide, or arrange for the provision of, accessible formats and communication supports for information that is needed to perform his/her job, and information that is generally available to other employees.
In determining the suitability of an accessible format or communication support, Compass will consult with the employee making the request.
Workplace Emergency Response Information
Compass will provide individualized workplace emergency response information to employees who have a disability, if the disability is such that the individualized information is necessary, and if Compass is aware of the need for accommodation due to the employee’s disability. Compass will provide this information as soon as practicable after becoming aware of the need for accommodation.
Where the employee requires assistance, Compass will, with the consent of the employee, provide the workplace emergency response information to the person designated by Compass to provide assistance to the employee.
Compass will review the individualized workplace emergency response information when the employee moves to a different location in the organization, when the employee’s overall accommodations needs or plans are reviewed.
Documented Individual Accommodation Plans
Compass will maintain a written process for the development of documented individual accommodation plans for employees with disabilities.
If requested, information regarding accessible formats and communications supports provided will also be included in individual accommodation plans.
In addition, the plans will include individualized workplace emergency response information (where required), and will identify any other accommodation that is to be provided.
Return to Work Process
Compass maintains a documented return to work process for its employees who have been absent from work due to a disability and who require disability-related accommodations in order to return to work.
The return to work process outlines the steps Compass will take to facilitate the return to work and will include documented individual accommodation plans as part of the process.
This return to work process will not replace or override any other return to work process created by or under any other statute (i.e., the Workplace Safety Insurance Act, 1997).
Performance Management, Career Development and Advancement & Redeployment
Compass will take into account the accessibility needs of employees with disabilities, as well as individual accommodation plans, when conducting performance management, providing career development and advancement to employees, or when redeploying employees.
Compass Multi-Year Accessibility Plan
As part of Compass commitment to accessibility, this multi-year Accessibility Plan has been developed outlining the agency’s strategy and the actions that have, and will be, implemented to prevent and remove barriers from its workplace, and to improve opportunities for persons with disabilities. This multi-year Accessibility Plan outlines the steps Compass is taking to meet its requirements under the Accessibilities for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and focuses on Compass’ initiatives in respect of the AODA’s Accessibility Standards in making Ontario an accessible province for all Ontarians.
Compass is committed to excellence in serving all customers including people with disabilities. Compass complied with the AODA’s Customer Service Standard with the following initiatives that were implemented as of January 1, 2012, and are ongoing:
- An accessibility policy was put in place so Compass’ employees, volunteers and customers can know what to expect.
- Compass’ staff and volunteers are trained to serve Clients of all abilities.
- A written record of accessibility training provided by Compass is maintained.
- Service animals and support persons are welcomed on all Compass premises.
- Accessible ways for people to provide feedback on how Compass provides goods and services to people with disabilities was made available.
Information and Communications
Compass currently provides accessible formats and communication supports for persons with disabilities upon request. Compass provides notice to the public of this availability and consults with the person making such a request to determine the suitability of an accessible format or communication support.
As well, all new Compass web content be built to meet the World Wide Web Consortium Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 standard. Compass is committed to ensuring all Compass internet websites and web content conform with Level AA of the WCAG 2.0 by January 1, 2021 as required by the AODA’s Information and Communications Standard.
Policies and Training
Compass has and will continue to implement policies and initiatives in accordance with the AODA by taking the following steps:
- Implementing policies outlining Compass’ commitment to accessibility. (Implemented as of January 1, 2012)
- Providing training to Compass’ employees and volunteers on accessibility and human rights legislation, as it pertains to people with disabilities. (Implemented as of January 1, 2012, and ongoing as new employees/volunteers join the agency)
This plan will be reviewed once every five years.
In accordance with the AODA’s Employment Standards, Compass implemented the following initiatives prior to January 1, 2016:
- Ensure Compass’ employment processes for hiring, retention and career development are accessible.
- Document Compass’ processes for developing individual accommodation plans and return-to-work plans.
- Provide individualized workplace emergency response information to employees who have a disability where Compass is aware of the need for accommodation.
Accessibility Plan Review
This multi-year Accessibility Plan will be reviewed and updated at least once every five (5) years. The current Accessibility Plan will be reviewed, and updated as appropriate, no later than January 1, 2026
In 2012, Compass ensured it had accessible ways to receive and respond to feedback. Compass will continue to ensure that its process for receiving and responding to feedback is accessible to persons with disabilities and will respond to feedback promptly.
Compass resubmitted its accessibility compliance report confirming compliance with its accessibility obligations as of June 30, 2021.
For more information on this Accessibility Plan, please contact:
62 Frood Rd Sudbury ON P3C 4Z3
Upon request, a copy of this Accessibility Plan will be provided in an accessible format free of charge.
* Updated July 2021.