Skiis & Biikes is committed to independence, dignity, integration and equality of opportunity.
Skiis & Biikes maintains a high level of service in accordance with the requirements of the Accessibility Standards for Customer Service, Ontario Regulation 429/07 of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA).
The term disability as defined by the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, and the Ontario Human Rights Code, refers to:
- any degree of physical disability, infirmity, malformation or disfigurement that is caused by bodily injury, birth defect or illness and, without limiting the generality of the foregoing, includes diabetes mellitus, epilepsy, a brain injury, any degree of paralysis, amputation, lack of physical co-ordination, blindness or visual impediment, deafness or hearing impediment, muteness or speech impediment, or physical reliance on a guide dog or other animal or on a wheelchair or other remedial appliance or device;
- a condition of mental impairment or a developmental disability;
- a learning disability, or dysfunction in one or more of the processes involved in understanding or using symbols or spoken language;
- a mental disorder; or
- an injury or disability for which benefits were claimed or received under the insurance plan established under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997.
Skiis & Biikes is committed and guided by the principles of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005.
Skiis & Biikes will meet the accessibility needs of persons with disabilities in a timely manner.
Skiis & Biikes is committed to establishing, maintaining and implementing policies as well as associated practices and procedures in the IASR, specifically in the areas of information and communications and employment. Skiis & Biikes will review and update the multi-year plan at least once every year.
Comments and feedback about our service and commitment are welcomed and appreciated. You may provide feedback or complaints in person to a store’s senior managers.
If store management is unable to address the concern, feedback can be provided in writing, by email, by phone, or by regular post to:
Attn: Accessibility Policy Coordinator
Skiis & Biikes
1945 Dundas St E
Skiis & Biikes will respond or follow up within 30 days, unless there are circumstances that prevent such response time. Feedback and/or responses will be delivered in a format that is accessible to the complainant.
Skiis & Biikes will communicate with people with disabilities in ways that take into account their disability. In the event of a planned or unexpected disruption to service Skiis & Biikes will notify it’s customers promptly. The notice will include information about the reason for the disruption, its anticipated length of time, and a description of alternative facilities or services, if available.
Use of assistive devices or assistive persons or animals
We recognize that some persons with disabilities may use assistive devices while accessing our stores. Persons with disabilities have the right to use their own assistive devices at all times.
Support persons and service animals are welcome to accompany our disabled members while shopping in our stores. All required store employees will receive training on how to interact with individuals requiring support persons and/or service animals.
Training for Staff
Skiis & Biikes will provide training to employees, contractors and/or consultants who deal with the public. Training will be ongoing as long as there are changes to policies, procedures, and practices governing the provision of goods and service to person with disabilities. Training will embrace the core principles of ongoing respect for human dignity, independence, integration, and equity of opportunity.
Training will be provided as soon as practicable after an individual assumes responsibilities related to the public and will include the following:
- An overview of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 and the requirements of the Customer Service Standard.
- Information regarding Skiis & Biikes’ policies, practices, and procedures relating to the Customer Service Standards.
- How to interact and communicate with people with various types of disabilities.
- How to interact with people with disabilities who use an assistive devise or require the assistance of a service animal or a support person.
- What to do if a person with a particular type of disability is having difficulty accessing our goods or services.
Skiis & Biikes will keep a record of training.
Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulations (IARS)
A third set of regulations enacted under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), it establishes accessibility standards to remove barriers in the following three areas: Information and Communications, Employment and Transportation (this standard does not apply to Skiis Ltd).