May 1, 2020
Loblaw’s multi-year accessibility plan
Loblaw Companies Limited (“Loblaw” or the “Company”) is committed to providing goods, services and employment in an integrated and accessible manner that respects the dignity and independence of persons with disabilities. This Multi-Year Accessibility Plan is an Appendix to our national Accessibility Policy. It outlines Loblaw’s strategy to prevent and remove barriers to accessibility and describes the Company’s progressive approach to meeting or exceeding applicable legal and regulatory requirements, including those set out in human rights and accessibility-related legislation. This Plan is a continually expanding and fluid document that will be updated at least every five years, as Loblaw’s accessibility strategy evolves.
Loblaw welcomes feedback in relation to this Plan, in the format most convenient to the person providing feedback. Our Accessibility policies, Multi-Year Accessibility Plan, feedback and document request procedure are available under the Accessibility link on our corporate website at www.loblaw.ca.
Where this Plan specifies that documents, alternative formats or communication supports are available upon request, such requests can be directed to 1-800-296-2332, email@example.com or in writing to Loblaw Companies Limited c/o Human Resources (Diversity & Inclusion), 1 President’s Choice Circle, Brampton, Ontario L6Y 5S5.
Customer service accessibility
The following have been in place since 2011:
Loblaw ensures training is provided to every person who interacts with the public on the Company’s behalf, as well as to all those who are involved in the development of Loblaw’s policies, procedures and practices governing the provision of goods or services to the public. This training includes the purpose of standards regarding accessibility set by provincial legislation and related requirements, as well has how to communicate, interact and support persons with disabilities in ways that take the person’s disability into account. The training is delivered as soon as practicable after hire and on an ongoing basis in connection with changes to Loblaw’s policies or procedures governing the provision of goods or services to persons with disabilities;
Persons with disabilities are permitted to use their own assistive devices to obtain, use or benefit from Loblaw’s goods and/or services;
Persons accompanied by a service animal are permitted to enter areas of our premises that are open to the public, except in those areas in which the animal is excluded by law;
Where a person with a disability is accompanied by a support person, both the person with the disability and the support person are provided equal access to our goods and services;
Notice is provided to the public of any temporary or other disruptions to facilities or services usually used by persons with disabilities, including information about the reason for and expected length of the disruption and a description of any alternative facilities and/or services that are available;
Loblaw welcomes feedback about how it provides goods or services to persons with disabilities. Members of the public may provide feedback in the manner deemed most convenient to them, including in person, by telephone, in writing, or by email or other electronic format;
Our Customer Service Accessibility Policy, feedback and document request procedure is available under the ‘Accessibility” link on our corporate website at www.loblaw.ca.
Emergency procedures, public emergency safety information
The following measures were implemented by Loblaw effective January 1, 2012:
Emergency procedures and public emergency safety information that is prepared by Loblaw and made available to the public is made available in an accessible format or with appropriate communication supports, as soon as practicable, upon request.
Workplace emergency response information
The following measures were implemented by Loblaw effective January 1, 2012:
Alternative emergency preparedness plans are created and updated, as required and as soon as practicable, for colleagues who Loblaw is aware are unable to follow the standard emergency plan in their Company work location, as a result of a permanent or temporary disability. The colleague and, if the colleague consents, any designated assistant(s) are provided with the alternative emergency preparedness plan;
Alternative emergency preparedness plans are stored with the standard Emergency Plan(s) in the colleague’s location.
Accessibility policy and multi-year accessibility plan
Loblaw’s national Accessibility Policy was implemented January 1, 2014. The Policy affirms Loblaw’s commitment to meeting the accessibility needs of persons with disabilities in a timely manner and governs the way that Loblaw will achieve accessibility;
Loblaw created this Multi-Year Accessibility Plan outlining the Company’s phased-in strategy for identifying, removing and preventing barriers to accessibility;
The Policy and Plan are posted on our corporate website (www.loblaw.ca) and will be provided in alternate formats upon request;
The Plan will be reviewed and updated at least once every five years.
Information and communication
Accessible websites and web content:
From January 1, 2014, Loblaw’s new or substantially refreshed websites and web content conformed to Level A of the Worldwide Web Consortium’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0). Loblaw has implemented a plan to ensure that all of its websites comply with WCAG 2.0 Level AA by 2021. Compliance is incorporated into website project management.
Feedback, accessible formats and communication supports:
Loblaw’s processes for receiving and responding to feedback are accessible, by providing or arranging for the provision of accessible formats and communication supports, upon request; and
Upon request Loblaw provides or arranges for the provision of accessible formats and communication supports for persons with disabilities, in a timely manner and at no extra cost.
Feedback is accepted at stores, by the Customer Service Department at 1-800-296-2332 or firstname.lastname@example.org or in writing to Loblaw Companies Limited, Customer Service, 1 President’s Choice Circle, Brampton, Ontario L6Y 5S5.
Requesting persons will be consulted as to the suitability of an accessible format or communication support;
The public is notified about the availability of accessible formats and communication supports by a notification on www.loblaw.ca .
Accessibility is integrated into Loblaw’s employment-related practices, and Loblaw’s has implemented the following: Recruitment
Notifies all job applicants and the public that accommodation is available during the recruitment process on request, by specifying same in job postings and on the careers section of the corporate website;
Specifies that accommodation is available for applicants with disabilities in recruitment- related materials and during scheduling of interviews and assessments;
If an applicant requests accommodation, consults with the applicant and arrange for the provision of suitable accommodation that takes into account the applicant’s needs due to disability;
When making offers of employment, notifies the successful applicant of Loblaw’s policies for accommodating colleagues with disabilities; and
Provides appropriate training to colleagues responsible for recruitment, assessment, selection and on-boarding to ensure these planned actions are delivered, and accommodation requests are fulfilled in an effective and timely manner.
Review and, as necessary, modify existing orientation and on-boarding processes to ensure new colleagues are provided information about Loblaw’s accessibility policies as soon as practicable after employment commences, including a description of same in new hire kits and on Loblaw’s intranet;
Develop a procedure, which may include Huddle Tips and a posting on Loblaw’s intranet, to advise colleagues whenever there is a change to exisiting policies on the provision of workplace accommodations;
Develop and integrate procedures for documenting and updating, as required, documented individual accommodation plans, which will provide for the method(s) by which requesting colleagues will be assessed and represented, how they can participate in the plan’s development, and the method by which a copy of the plan will be provided to the colleague in a format that takes his or her accessibility needs into account;
Develop and provide appropriate training to managers and colleagues responsible for supporting the individualized accommodation plan process, and a training schedule that will ensure the efficacy of the process on a continuing basis.
Return to work from disability-related leaves
Review and, as necessary, modifies and documents existing return to work processes for colleagues who have been absent from work due to a disability and require accommodation in order to return to work;
Ensures documented individual accommodation plans comprise part of the return to work process;
Develops and provides appropriate training to managers and other colleagues responsible for supporting the return to work process for colleagues who require accommodation in order to return to work, and a training schedule for same that will ensure effective execution of the return to work process on a continuous basis.
Performance management, career development and redeployment
Reviews and, as necessary, modifies existing performance management, career development and redeployment processes to ensure that the accessibility needs and individual accommodation plans of colleagues with disabilities are taken into account;
Develops and provides appropriate training to managers and other colleagues responsible for supporting or impacting performance management, career development and advancement, and redeployment processes, and a training schedule for same that will ensure compliance with the processes on a continuous basis.
In 2013, existing procurement practices and procedures were updated to ensure that Loblaw has regard to accessibility criteria and features when assessing, procuring or acquiring self-service kiosks.
Accessibility is integrated into all new or redeveloped Loblaw public spaces in accordance with the criteria established by Ontario’s Integrated Accessibility Standards, including but not limited to the following:
In outdoor public use eating areas, at least 20% of the tables (minimum one table) will have knee and toe clearance, have clear ground space around them, and be approachable by a surface that is level, firm and stable;
Outdoor sidewalks and walkways, including associated ramps, will have a surface that is firm and stable;
Off-street parking will include signed parking spaces and access aisles for persons with disabilities, including van accessible spaces;
At least one service counter in each store will accommodate mobility aids in respect of counter height, knee clearance and clear floor space. All such service counters will be clearly identified with signage;
Fixed queuing guides will provide sufficient width to allow for the passage of mobility aids and mobility assistive devices, and be cane detectable;
Waiting areas with fixed seating will include at least one seating space in which a person using a mobility aid can wait.
Procedures on how to deal with temporary disruptions when accessible elements are not in working order.
Integrated accessibility standards training
Effective January 1, 2015 in Ontario, all colleagues where trained on the Integrated Accessibility standards set by provincial legislation regarding accessibility as well as aspects of local human rights legislation relating t persons with disabilities. Effective October 2019, training was extended to all colleagues across Canada and is delivered through e-learning.
Training is completed as soon as practicable after hire and on an ongoing basis in connection with changes to Loblaw’s policies or procedures governing the provision of goods or services to persons with disabilities.
Loblaw has an active Able at Loblaw resource group focused on eliminating barriers for people with disabilities. Through ongoing education, resource development and tools, Loblaw continues to highlight how to create an inclusive and accessible culture. The legislation requirements have been implemented across Canada and Loblaw continues to evaluate its procedures and implement new technologies to build a workforce that is reflective of the Canadian population at all levels of the organization.