SIMONS - ACCESSIBILITY POLICY PURPOSE

We are committed to meeting the accessibility needs of people with disabilities in a manner that is consistent with the principles of independence, dignity, integration and equal opportunity for people with disabilities. The purpose of this Policy is to communicate our approach with respect to promoting an accessible environment and removing barriers to accessibility for people with disabilities and to continue to improve accessibility to persons with disabilities in our facilities, policies and processes.

POLICY

We have established this Accessibility Policy (the “Policy”) and an Accessibility Standards for Customer Service Policy to promote an accessible environment and remove barriers to accessibility for people with disabilities and to meet our obligations under Regulation 191/11, “Integrated Accessibility Standards” (the “Regulation”) under the AODA. Our vision for accessibility is that people with disabilities, visible or invisible, are given the same opportunity as others to obtain and benefit from services offered by us. Our goal is to make reasonable efforts to provide services in such a way that the key principles of independence, dignity, integration and equality of opportunity for persons with disabilities are respected. We welcome and encourage all members of our community to collaborate and provide creative input in future initiatives for accessibility.

Application
The Policy applies to every person who provides goods or services to customers of the public and third parties in Ontario on our behalf, whether that person does so as an employee, independent contractor, agent, volunteer, or otherwise. The Policy also applies to every person involved in the development of policies, procedures and practices pertaining to the provision of our goods and services to customers.

PROCEDURES

Multi-Year Accessibility Plan
Our Multi-Year Accessibility Plan outlines our strategies for preventing and removing barriers and meeting our requirements under the AODA regulations. We will post the plan on our website and will provide it in an accessible format upon request. The plan will be reviewed and updated at least once every five years.

Training
We will ensure that training is provided as required to all employees and volunteers, and all persons who participate in developing corporate policies, on the requirements of the accessibility standards referred to in the Regulation and in respect of the Human Rights Code as it pertains to persons with disabilities. Training will be provided as soon as practicable. If any changes are made to this Policy or the requirements, training will be provided to include those changes. We will ensure that others that provide goods, services or facilities on behalf of the company have had training.

INFORMATION AND
COMMUNICATION STANDARDS


Feedback Process
We will ensure that our processes for receiving and responding to feedback are accessible to persons with disabilities by providing or arranging for the provision of accessible formats and with communication supports upon request. We will notify the public about the availability of accessible formats and communication supports.

Accessible Format and Communication Support
We will, upon request, provide or arrange for accessible formats and communication supports for persons with disabilities in accordance with the Regulation as follows:
1. In a timely manner that takes into account
  the person's accessibility needs due
  to a disability;
2. At a cost that is no more than the regular cost
  charged to other persons; and,
3. In consultation with the person making
  the request to determine suitability
  of an accessible format
  or communication support.
We will notify the public about the availability of accessible formats and communication supports.

Unconvertible Information or Communications
If we determine that information or communications are unconvertible, we will provide the person requesting the information or communication with:
1. An explanation as to why the information
  or communications are unconvertible; and
2. A summary of the unconvertible information
  or communications.
Information or communications
are unconvertible if:
1. It is not technically feasible to convert
  the information or communications; or
2. The technology to convert the information
  or communications is not readily available.

Emergency Information
If we prepare emergency procedures, plans or public safety information and make the information available to the public, we will provide the information in an accessible format or with appropriate communication supports, as soon as practicable, upon request.

Website Accessibility
Where practicable, and to the extent required by the Regulation, we will make any new internet website and web content on those sites conform with the World Wide Web Consortium Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level A and Level AA. By December 31, 2022 all internet websites and web content backdated to 2012 will conform with WCAG 2.0 Level AA.

Training Resources and Materials
We will provide training resources or materials in an accessible format that takes into account the accessibility needs of the person with a disability to whom the materials are being provided by:
1. Procuring through purchase or obtaining
  by other means an accessible or conversion
  ready electronic format, where available; or
2. Arranging for the provision of a comparable
  resource in an accessible or conversion ready
  electronic format, if educational or training
  resources of materials cannot be procured.
We will provide information on program requirements, availability and descriptions in an accessible format to persons with disabilities.

Training to Educators
We will provide educators (those involved in program or course design delivery and instruction) with accessibility awareness training related to accessible program course delivery and instruction. We will keep a record of training, including dates will be provided and the number of individuals to whom it is provided.

AODA Employment Standards
We will comply with the requirements of the Employment Standards in the Regulation. The Employment Standards apply in respect of employees, and not volunteers or other non-paid individuals.

Recruitment
We will notify employees and the public about the availability of accommodations for applicants and employees with disabilities as follows:
1. In our recruitment processes;
2. During the recruitment process, when job
  applicants are individually selected
  to participate in an assessment or selection
  process. If a selected applicant requests
  an accommodation, we 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;
3. If a selected applicant requests
  an accommodation, we 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; and
4. When making offers of employment
  to a successful applicant. The successful
  applicant will also be notified of our policies
  for accommodating employees
  with disabilities.
If a selected applicant requests an accommodation, we 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.

Employee Notification
We will inform our employees of our policies used to support employees with disabilities, including but not limited to, policies on the provision of job accommodations that take into account an employee's accessibility needs due to a disability. Such information will be provided as follows:
1. To new employees as soon as practicable
  after they begin their employment;
2. To existing employees whenever there
  is a change to existing policies
  on the provision of job accommodations
  that take into account an employee's
  accessibility needs due to a disability.

Accessible Formats and Communication Supports
Upon request by an employee with a disability, we will consult with the employee to provide or arrange for the provision of accessible formats and communication supports for:
1. Information that is needed in order
  to perform the employee's job; and
2. Information that is generally available
  to employees in the workplace.
We will consult with the employee making the request in determining the suitability of an accessible format or communication support.

Individual Accommodation Plans (IAP)
We will develop and have in place a written process for developing a documented individual accommodation plan for employees with a disability. The process will include the following elements:
1. The manner in which an employee requesting
  accommodation can participate
  in the development of the individual
  accommodation plan.
2. The means by which the employee is assessed
  on an individual basis.
3. The manner in which the employer can
  request an evaluation by an outside medical
  or other expert, at the employer's expense,
  to assist the employer in determining
  if accommodation can be achieved and,
  if so, how accommodation can be achieved.
4. The manner in which the employee
  can request the participation
  of a representative from their bargaining
  agent, where the employee is represented
  by a bargaining agent, or other representative
  from the workplace, where the employee
  is not represented by a bargaining agent,
  in the development of the accommodation
  plan.
5. The steps taken to protect the privacy
  of the employee's personal information.
6. The frequency with which the individual
  accommodation plan will be reviewedbr
  and updated and the manner in which
  it will be done.
7. If an individual accommodation plan
  is denied, the manner in which the reasons
  for the denial will be provided
  to the employee.
8. The means of providing the individual
  accommodation plan in a format that takes
  into account the employee's accessibility
  needs due to disability.

Return to Work
We will have in place a return to work process for employees who have been absent from work due to a disability and require disability-related accommodation in order to return to work. Such processes shall be documented and must outline the steps that we will take to facilitate the return to work and include an individual accommodation plan.

Performance Management, Career Development and Advancement and Redeployment
Performance management processes related to assessing and improving employee performance, productivity and effectiveness will take into account the accessibility needs of employees with disabilities, as well as individual accommodation plans.
We will take into account the accessibility needs of our employees with disabilities as well as any individual accommodation plans when providing career development and advancement to our employees. Career development and advancement includes providing additional responsibilities within an employee's current position, the movement of an employee from one job to another which may provide greater responsibility and/or compensation, and/or which places the employee at a higher level in the company or any combination of these.
If we need to reassign employees to other departments or jobs within the company as a result of job elimination, we will take into account the accessibility needs of employees with disabilities as well as individual accommodation plans.

Workplace Emergency Response Information
We 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 that we are aware of the need for accommodation due to the employee's disability. If the employee who receives individual workplace emergency response information requires assistance, and with the employee's consent, we will provide the workplace emergency information to a person designated by us to provide assistance to the employee.
This will be done as soon as practicable after we become aware of the need for accommodation due to the employee's disability. We will review the individualized workplace emergency response information when the employee moves to a different location in the company, when overall accommodation needs or plans are reviewed and when we review our general emergency response policies.

Design of Public Spaces
We will meet the Accessibility Standards for the Design of Public Spaces when building or redeveloping public spaces. Public spaces include, but are not limited to, outdoor public eating areas, outdoor paths of travel, accessible off-street parking and service-related elements such as counters and waiting areas. If we have accessible elements in public spaces, we will develop procedures for preventive and emergency maintenance of those accessible elements, as required by the Regulation. We will also develop procedures for dealing with temporary disruptions of accessible elements as required by the Regulation, should we ever have accessible elements in the future.

Posting/Availability
This Policy is available to the public and will be provided in an accessible format upon request.

Questions
If anyone has questions about this Policy or accessibility plan, or requires this information in an accessible format, please contact us through the following methods:
a) Speaking with a Store Director
b) Contacting Simons
  Telephone: 1-877-666-1840
  Email:   [email protected]
  Mail:     La Maison Simons Inc.
          Customer Service
          9205, rue John-Simons
          Québec QC G2B 0S6

DEFINITIONS
Accessible Formats may include, but are not limited to, large print, recorded audio and electronic formats, Braille and other formats usable by persons with disabilities.
Communications means the interaction between two or more persons or entities, or any combination of them, where information is provided, sent or received.
Communication Supports may include, but are not limited to, captioning, alternative and augmentative communication supports, plain language, sign language and other supports that
facilitate effective communications.
Information includes data, facts and knowledge that exists in any format, including text, audio, digital or images and that conveys meaning.
Redeployment means the reassignment of employees to other departments or jobs within the organization as an alternative to layoff, when a particular job or department has been eliminated.
Unconvertible means if it is not technically feasible to convert the information or communications. It also means if the technology to convert the information or communications is not readily available.

RESOURCES
Integrated Accessibility Standards–Multi Year Plan
Accessibility Policy–Integrated Accessibility Standards
Accessibility Standards–for Customer Service

Simons Accessibility – Customer Service Policy
We are committed to meeting the accessibility needs of people with disabilities in a manner that is consistent with the principles of independence, dignity, integration and equal opportunity for people with disabilities. The purpose of this Policy is to communicate our approach with respect to promoting an accessible environment and removing barriers to accessibility for people with disabilities.

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and our Commitment
The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (“AODA”) is an Ontario law that was created to develop, implement and enforce accessibility standards in order to achieve accessibility for Ontarians with disabilities. The integration of the AODA customer service standards into our stores and workplaces will bolster our continued commitment to meeting the accessibility needs of our customers and employees with disabilities.

Application and Scope
The Policy applies to every person who provides goods or services to customers of the public and third parties in Ontario on our behalf, whether that person does so as an employee, independent contractor, agent, volunteer, or otherwise. The Policy also applies to every person involved in the development of policies, procedures and practices pertaining to the provision of our goods and services to customers.

Providing Goods and Services to Ontarians with Disabilities
We are committed to using reasonable efforts to:
a) Provide goods and services in a manner
  that respects the dignity and independence
  of persons with disabilities;
b) Provide goods and services in a manner
  that enables a person with a disability
  to obtain, use or benefit from our goods
  and services; and
c) Provide persons with disabilities with
  an opportunity equal to that given to others
  to obtain, use and benefit from our goods
  and services.

Communications
When communicating with a person with a disability, we are committed to doing so in a manner that takes into account the person's disability.

Assistive Devices
We welcome the use of assistive devices by persons with disabilities in order to obtain, use or benefit from our goods and services. Some examples of assistive devices are canes, walkers, wheelchairs, and oxygen tanks.

Service Animals
We welcome people with disabilities and their service animals.
a)An animal is a service animal for a person
  with disability:
   If it is readily apparent that the animal
   is used by the person for reasons relating
   to his or her disability; or,
   If the person provides a letter from
   a physician or nurse confirming that
   the person requires the animal for reasons
   relating to the disability.
b) People with disabilities are allowed to use
  their service animals in the parts of our stores
  that are open to the public or to third parties,
  unless the animal is otherwise excluded
  by law from the stores.
c) If a service animal is excluded by law from
  our stores, then we will ensure that other
  measures are available to enable the person
  with a disability to obtain, use or benefit from
  our goods and services.
d) Service animals must be in the care
  and control of the individual at all times.

Support Persons
We welcome people with disabilities and their support persons.
a) A support person is a person who
  accompanies a person with a disability
  in order to help with communication, mobility,
  personal care or medical needs, or with access
  to goods or services.
b) Any person with a disability
  who is accompanied by a support person
  is permitted to access our stores in the same
  way as any other customer.

Notice of Temporary Disruption
In the event of a planned or unexpected disruption to services or facilities for customers with disabilities, we will notify customers promptly with a clearly posted notice. The notice will include information about the reason for the disruption, its anticipated duration and a description of available alternative facilities or services, if any.

Accessibility Training
Any person who interacts with the public or who participates in developing policies, practices and procedures will receive training on an ongoing basis, including information on how to serve persons with disabilities. Training topics will include:
a) An overview of the AODA
  and the requirements of the customer service
  standards set out in the AODA regulations;
b) Instruction on how to interact
  and communicate with people
  with disabilities;
c) Instruction on how to interact with people
  with disabilities who use assistive devices
  or require the assistance of a service animal
  or a support person;
d) Instruction on how use equipment or devices
  available on-site (if any) or otherwise,
  that may help with providing services
  to clients with disabilities; and,
e) Instruction on what to do if a person with
  a disability is having difficulty accessing
  our goods and services.

Feedback Process
We welcome feedback on how we provide accessible customer service. Comments can be addressed through the following methods:
a) Speaking with a Store Director
b) Contacting Simons
  Telephone:  1-877-666-1840
  Email :    [email protected]
  Mail:    La Maison Simons Inc.
         Customer Service
         9205, rue John-Simons
         Québec QC G2B 0S6

Availability of AODA Documents
We will give a copy of AODA documents upon request. In the event that we are to provide a copy of an AODA documents to a person with a disability, we will give the person the document, or the information contained in the document, in a format that takes into account the person's disability.

GENERAL

REQUIREMENT

ESTABLISHMENT OF
ACCESSIBILITY POLICIES

DESCRIPTION

A. Develop, implement and maintain
  polices governing how we achieve
  or will achieve accessibility
  through meeting the requirements
  of the integrated accessibility
  standards.
B. Statement of organizational
  commitment to meeting the
  accessibility needs of persons with
  disabilities in a timely manner.
C. Prepare one or more written
  documents describing the policies
  and make the policies publicly
  available and provide them in an
  accessible format upon request.

STATUS

Completed

COMPLIANCE DATE

Jan 1 2014

REQUIREMENT

ACCESSIBILITY PLANS

DESCRIPTION

A. Establish, implement, maintain and
  document a multi- year accessibility
  plan, which outlines our strategy to
  prevent and remove barriers and
  meet requirements of the integrated
  accessibility standards.
B. Post the accessibility plan on our
  website and provide the plan in an
  accessible format upon request.
C. Review and update the accessibility
  plan at least once every five years.

STATUS

Completed

COMPLIANCE DATE

Jan 1 2014

REQUIREMENT

SELF-SERVE KIOSKS

DESCRIPTION

A. Have regard to the accessibility for
  persons with disabilities when
  designing, procuring or acquiring
  self-service kiosks.

STATUS

Completed

COMPLIANCE DATE

Jan 1 2014

REQUIREMENT

TRAINING

DESCRIPTION

A. Provide training on the requirements
  of the accessibility standards
  referred to in the integrated
  standards regulation and the Human
  Rights Code as it pertains to persons
  with disabilities to:
  • All employees and volunteers
  • All persons who participate in
      developing the organization's       policies
  • All other persons who provide
      goods, services or facilities on
      behalf of our company
B. The training required is appropriate
  to the duties of employees,
  volunteers and other persons
C. Training is done as soon as
  practicable
D. Training is provided on changes to
  policies and on an ongoing basis
E. Training records are maintained for
  all training, including the date of
  training and the number of
  individuals in attendance.

STATUS

Prepared and ongoing

COMPLIANCE DATE

Jan 1 2015

INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS STANDARDS

REQUIREMENT

FEEDBACK

DESCRIPTION

A. Ensure our processes for receiving
  and responding to feedback are
  accessible to person with disabilities
  by providing or arranging for
  accessible formats and
  communication supports upon
  request.
B. Notify the public about the
  availability of accessible formats and
  communication supports.

STATUS

Completed

COMPLIANCE DATE

Jan 1 2015

REQUIREMENT

ACCESSIBLE FORMATS AND COMMUNICATION SUPPORTS

DESCRIPTION

A. Upon request provide or arrange for
  accessible formats and
  communication supports for persons
  with disabilities.
  • Provide in a timely manner that
      takes into account the person's       accessibility needs due to
      disability
  • Provide at a cost that is no more
      than the regular cost charged to
      other persons.
B. Consult with the person making the
  request to determine the suitability
  of an accessible format or
  communication support.
C. Notify the public about the
  availability of accessible formats and
  communication supports.

STATUS

Completed

COMPLIANCE DATE

Jan 1 2016

REQUIREMENT

EMERGENCY PROCEDURES,
PLANS OR PUBLIC SAFETY INFO

DESCRIPTION

A. Upon request provide in an
 accessible format or with appropriate
 communication supports, our
 emergency procedures, plans or
 public safety information that we
 make available to the public.

STATUS

Completed

COMPLIANCE DATE

Jan 1 2012

REQUIREMENT

ACCESSIBLES WEBSITES
& WEB CONTENT

DESCRIPTION

A. Ensure the websites and web content
  conform with the World Wide Web
  Consortium Web Content
  Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0:
  • Level A
  • Level AA

STATUS

In progress

COMPLIANCE DATE

January 1, 2014
(Level A)

January 1, 2021
(Level AA)

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS

REQUIREMENT

RECRUITMENT -
GENERAL

DESCRIPTION

A. Notify employees and the public
 about the availability of
 accommodations for applicants
 with disabilities in the
 recruitment process.

STATUS

Completed

COMPLIANCE DATE

1 janv 2016

REQUIREMENT

RECRUITMENT, ASSESSMENT
OR SELECTION PROCESS

DESCRIPTION

A. During recruitment process, notify
 job applicants, when they are
 individually selected to participate in
 an assessment or selection process
 that accommodations are available
 upon request in relation to the
 materials or processes to be used.
B. If the selected applicant requests
 accommodation, 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.

STATUS

Completed

COMPLIANCE DATE

1 janv 2016

REQUIREMENT

NOTICED TO SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS

DESCRIPTION

A. When making offers of employment,
 notify the successful applicant of our
 policies for accommodating
 employees with disabilities.

STATUS

Completed

COMPLIANCE DATE

1 janv 2016

REQUIREMENT

INFORMING EMPLOYEES
OF SUPPORTS

DESCRIPTION

A. Inform employees of our policies
 used to support employees with
 disabilities.
B. Provide the above information as
 soon as practicable after the
 employee begins employment.
C. Provide updated information to
 employees whenever there is a
 material change to existing policies
 on the provision of job
 accommodations.

STATUS

Completed

COMPLIANCE DATE

1 janv 2016

REQUIREMENT

ACCESSIBLE FORMATS & COMMUNICATION SUPPORTS FOR EMPLOYEES

DESCRIPTION

A. Upon request, consult with an
 employee to provide or arrange for
 the provision of accessible formats
 and communication supports for
 information needed to perform
 employees job and information
 generally available to employees in
 the workplace.

STATUS

Completed

COMPLIANCE DATE

1 janv 2016

REQUIREMENT

WORKPLACE EMERGENCY
RESPONSE INFORMATION

DESCRIPTION

A. Provide individualized workplace
 emergency response information to
 employees who have a disability, if
 the disability is such that the
 individualized information is
 necessary and the employer is aware
 of the need for accommodation due
 to the employee's disability.
B. If the employee provides consent,
 provide the employee's individualized
 workplace emergency response
 information to another person
 designated by the employer to
 provide assistance to the employee.
C. Review the individualized workplace
 emergency response information
 when:
  • The employee moves to a
      different work location
  • The employee's overall
      accommodation needs or plans
      are reviewed
  • When the employer reviews its
      general emergency response
      information

STATUS

Completed

COMPLIANCE DATE

1 janv 2012

REQUIREMENT

DOCUMENTED INDIVIDUAL ACCOMMODATION PLANS

DESCRIPTION

A. Develop and have in place a written
  process for the development of
  documented individual
  accommodation plans for employees
  with disabilities that includes all of
  the considerations set out in section
  28(2) and (3) of the integrated
  accessibility standards.

STATUS

Completed

COMPLIANCE DATE

1 janv 2016

REQUIREMENT

RETURN TO WORK PROCESS

DESCRIPTION

A. Develop and have a documented
  return to work process for
  employees who have been absent
  from work due to a disability and
  who require disability-related
  accommodations in order to return
  to work.
B. Ensure the return to work process
  outlines the steps that will be taken
  to facilitate the employee's return to
  work and that it uses documented
  individual accommodation plans, if
  any.

STATUS

Completed

COMPLIANCE DATE

1 janv 2016

REQUIREMENT

PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT

DESCRIPTION

A. Take into account the accessibility
  needs of employees with disabilities,
  as well as individual accommodation
  plans, when applying our
  performance management process.

STATUS

Completed

COMPLIANCE DATE

1 janv 2016

REQUIREMENT

CAREER DEVELOPMENT
& ADVANCEMENT

DESCRIPTION

A. Take into account the accessibility
  needs of employees with disabilities
  as well as any individual
  accommodation plans, when
  providing opportunities for career
  development and advancement to
  employees with disabilities.

STATUS

Completed

COMPLIANCE DATE

1 janv 2016

REQUIREMENT

REDEPLOYMENT

DESCRIPTION

A. Take into account the accessibility
  needs of employees with disabilities,
  as well as individual accommodation
  plans, when redeploying employees
  with disabilities.

STATUS

Completed

COMPLIANCE DATE

1 janv 2016

DESIGN OF PUBLIC SPACES STANDARDS

REQUIREMENT

DESIGN OF PUBLIC SPACES STANDARDS

DESCRIPTION

A. We will focus on removing barriers in
  our buildings and public spaces.
B. New construction and renovations
  will reflect updated accessibility
  requirements as outlined by
  Ontario's Building Code.
C. Public Spaces will be redesigned to
  meet accessibility standards where
  there is new construction and major
  changes to existing facilities,
  including (where applicable):
  • Recreational trails/beach access
      routes
  • Outdoor public eating areas
  • Outdoor play spaces
  • Outdoor paths of travel, like
      sidewalks, ramps, stairs, curb
      ramps, rest areas and accessible
      pedestrian signals
  • Accessible off-street parking
  • Service-related elements like
      service counters, fixed queuing
      lines and waiting areas
  • Maintenance and restoration of
      public spaces

STATUS

Completed

COMPLIANCE DATE

1 janv 2017

COMPLIANCE

REQUIREMENT

COMPLIANCE REPORTING

DESCRIPTION

A. Ensure we file online compliance
  reports in accordance with the
  schedule established under
  integrated standards regulation.

STATUS

Completed

COMPLIANCE DATE

Ongoing

REQUIREMENT

MULTI-YEAR PLAN REVIEW
AND UPDATE

DESCRIPTION

A. This plan will be reviewed and
  updated at a minimum of once every
  five (5) years.

STATUS

Completed

COMPLIANCE DATE

Ongoing