Wealth One Bank of Canada (“WealthONE”) is committed to respecting and promoting the dignity and independence of people with disabilities. This Customer Accessibility Standard Policy outlines the steps we will take to bridge accessibility and accommodate the needs and requirements of individuals with disabilities through our customer service and our employment practices. WealthONE’s policies and procedures have been developed to promote respect for all individuals, and independence, dignity, integration and equality of opportunity for people with disabilities. If any person finds that a policy or procedure of the Bank do not meet these principles, these policies or procedures will be reviewed and modified where appropriate.
WealthONE is committed to communicating with people with disabilities in ways that take into account their disability. This includes providing accessible information and communications to all individuals, including our customers and staff. If an individual requests information to be provided in an alternative format to accommodate their disability, we will address the request to the best of our abilities.
WealthONE is committed to excellence in serving all individuals including people with disabilities. We will communicate respectfully with all individuals and ensure that we take into account the individual’s specific needs, requirements, and circumstances when communicating with people with disabilities. To that end, the Bank has implemented the following to ensure accessible customer service:
A personal assistive device is any device that is used, designed, made, or adapted to assist persons with disabilities in performing various, everyday tasks such as moving, communicating, reading, writing, or lifting.
Persons with disabilities may use personal assistive devices while accessing any service or location of WealthONE. Employees will work with individuals with personal assistive devices to improve access to WealthONE‘s services or goods.
A persons with disabilities is entitled to the protection of their privacy and is not required to disclose to WealthONE information about their disability and/or the need for a personal assistive device unless such information is required by us or other appropriate persons to create and implement an individualized accommodation plan.
Service animals and support persons accompanying individuals with disabilities are welcome by WealthONE.
WealthONE will use reasonable efforts to assist any support person who accompanies an individual with a disability in accessing our goods and services and our premises.
A person with a disability who is accompanied by a support person will be allowed to have that person accompany them. At no time will a person with a disability who is accompanied by a support person be prevented from having access to their support person while on WealthONE's premises.
In situations where confidential information might be discussed, consent will be obtained from the individual, prior to any conversation where confidential information might be discussed.
Service animals are welcome on the parts of our premises that are open to the public.
A service animal is defined as an animal that can be readily identified as one that is being used by the person for reasons relating to the person’s disability, as a result of visual indicators such as the vest or harness worn by the animal; or because the person provides documentation from a regulated health professional confirming that the person requires the animal for reasons relating to the disability.
Where an employee cannot easily identify that an animal is a service animal, they may ask for documentation (template, letter or form) from a regulated health professional that confirms the person needs the service animal for reasons relating to their disability.
It is the responsibility of the person with a service animal to control the animal at all times.
If service animals are prohibited by another law, we will do the following to ensure people with disabilities can access our goods, services or facilities:
In the event of a planned or unexpected disruption to services or facilities for customers with disabilities, WealthONE will notify customers promptly. Appropriate notification of the disruption will be made visually and/or by a public announcement as necessary. These notifications will include information about the reason for the disruption, its anticipated length of time, and a description of alternative facilities or services, if available.
Visual notices will be made publicly available and placed at entrances and exits into WealthONE’s premises, on the website and in other affected areas.
WealthONE provides appropriate training in accessible customer service, other Ontario’s accessibility standards and aspects of the Ontario Human Rights Code that relate to persons with disabilities to all employees, volunteers, contractors and others who deal with the public or other third parties on their behalf.
In addition, we train all persons who participate in developing our policies.
Training of our employees and volunteers on accessibility relates to their specific roles.
Staff are trained as soon as practicable after being hired and when changes are made to this policy or legislation.
WealthONE welcomes feedback on how we provide accessible customer service. Client feedback helps identify barriers and respond to concerns.
Individuals who wish to provide feedback on how WealthONE provides information, communication, or access to goods and services to people with disabilities can:
The feedback process is readily available to the public and provided in accessible formats upon request.
WealthONE will provide documents related to accessible customer service in an accessible format or with communication support, on request. We will consult with the person making the request to determine the suitability of the format or communication support. The accessible format will be provided in a timely manner and, at no additional cost.
WealthONE communicates with people with disabilities in ways that take into account their disability. When asked, we will provide information about our organization and its services in accessible formats or with communication supports:
WealthONE will consult with the person making the request in determining the suitability of an accessible format or communication support. If we determine that information or communications are unconvertible, we will provide the requestor with:
WealthONE is committed to:
During recruitment processes, and if it is possible, WealthONE will:
During the course of employment, WealthONE will:
Updated in 2023. This policy is intended to meet the requirements of Ontario’s Integrated Accessibility Standards, Ontario Regulation 191/11 under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (“AODA”), and applies to the provision of services to the public or other third parties.
We are committed to ensuring our online services are accessible to all users. The information below suggests how to obtain the best user experience on our website and explains what we have done to make the website accessible.
You can improve your online experience by customizing your computer's settings to meet your individual needs. For example, you can increase the size of all fonts or change the colour scheme.
We recommend you keep your browsers up-to-date. Newer browsers tend to provide more display options to make content accessible, and may work better with assistive technologies. For more information on which browsers we support, visit the Browser Requirements page.
We have created our website in accordance with the World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0. These guidelines assist website developers by describing best practices for creating websites that are accessible to all users.
Some of the ways we achieve online accessibility include:
If you experience difficulties in accessing any content or functionality on our website, please contact us. We are always open to making improvements to provide the best possible online experience for our users.