OUR COMMITMENT

GAL Power is committed to excellence in customer service, and to providing our products and services in a way that respects the dignity and independence of persons with disabilities. We are also committed to ensuring that customers with disabilities receive accessible products and services with the same quality and with similar timeliness as others do.

Communication

We will communicate with people with disabilities in ways that take into account their disability.

Telephone Services

We are committed to providing fully accessible telephone service to our customers. We will train employees to communicate with customers over the telephone in clear and plain language and to speak clearly and slowly.

We will offer to communicate with customers by email, instant message conversation, or relay services if telephone communication is not suitable for a customer’s communication needs or is not available.

Statements

We are committed to providing accessible statements to all customers. For this reason, statements will be provided in the following formats upon request and wherever possible: large print hard copy or email, email with text only electronic file that works with screen reading software, or review during in-person meeting with a customer service representative.

Notice of Temporary Disruption

GAL Power will provide customers with notice in the event of a planned or unexpected disruption to the services or facilities usually used by people with disabilities (e.g., a disruption to customer services phone lines, website, or physical access to our facility). This notice will include information about the reason for the disruption, its anticipated duration, and a description of alternative facilities or services, if available.

The notice will be placed on our website www.galpower.com as well as at the reception desk of our building.

Assistive Devices

We are committed to serving people with disabilities who use assistive devices (e.g., wheelchairs, canes, walkers, oxygen tanks, hearing aids, other) to access our products and services.

We will ensure that our employees are familiar with various assistive devices that may be used by customers with disabilities while accessing our products or services.

Service Animals

We welcome people with disabilities and their service animals. Service animals are allowed on the parts of our premises that are open to the public and other third parties. We will ensure that all employees are properly trained in how to interact with people with disabilities who are accompanied by a service animal. It is the responsibility of the person with a service animal to control the animal at all times.

In the event that an employee or other customer is allergic to animals, alternative arrangements will be arranged.

Support Persons

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 our 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. Additionally, people with disabilities may opt not to have their support person present, unless there is an overriding health and safety concern.

Employee Training

GAL Power will provide training to employees, volunteers, consultants and others who provide goods or services on our behalf.

Training will include: A review of the purposes of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 and the requirements of the Accessibility Standards for Customer Service (Ontario Regulation 429/07)

  • How to interact and communicate with people with various types of disabilities;
  • The Ontario Human Rights Act
  • 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 on our premises, where provided, that may assist with the provision of products or services to people with disabilities;
  • What to do if a person with a disability is having difficulty in accessing our products or services; and
  • Our policies, practices and procedures relating to the provision of products or services to people with disabilities.

Employees and others will be trained, as appropriate, on policies, practices and procedures that affect the way products and services are provided to persons with disabilities. They will also be trained on an ongoing basis when changes are made to these policies, practices and procedures.

Feedback Process

The ultimate goal of GAL Power is to meet and exceed customer expectations in serving customers with disabilities. The Company welcomes feedback from the public in an effort to continually improve our services. Feedback regarding the way GAL Power provides goods and services to people with disabilities can be made by contacting the HR Department, via e-mail, verbally, or by phone. Customers can expect a response in 10 business days with regards to their feedback if a response is appropriate.

This AODA Policy is to be posted and retained in a clearly noticeable location in the workplace. GAL Power is committed to reviewing this policy on an annual basis, or more frequently where necessary.

Modifications to This or Other Related AODA Policies

GAL Power is committed to developing customer service policies that respect and promote the dignity and independence of people with disabilities. As such, no changes will be made to this policy before considering the impact on people with disabilities. Any policy of GAL Power that does not respect and promote the dignity and independence of people with disabilities will be modified or removed.

Multi-Year Accessibility of Ontarians Disability Act Plan

Accessibility Requirement

Organization's Actions to be Taken

Completion Deadline

POLICY

Review the AODA policy and program.

Friday, July 30, 2021

Amend policy statement to add that alternative formats of the policy will be made available to employees with disabilities.

Friday, July 30, 2021

TRAINING

Formalize a process to provide alternative formats of training for employees based on their disabilities and document it in the AODA program.

Friday, December 31, 2021

Find resources to provide services for alternative formats of training based on the employee's requirements upon request.

Saturday, December 31, 2022

COMMUNICATION AND INFORMATION

Establish a process to provide alternative formats of communication upon request.

Saturday, December 31, 2022

Formalize a process for employees to provide feedback in the AODA policy.

Friday, December 31, 2021

Ensure the organization's website is accessibility friendly (ie. Subtitles for videos, voice overs, larger font options, high contrast/low contrast sensitivity, etc.)

Saturday, December 31, 2022

Add different forms of communication on the company website (phone number, email, send a message, etc.)

Friday, June 25, 2021

CUSTOMER SERVICE

Formalize a process for customers to provide feedback.

Friday, December 31, 2021

Add different forms of communication on the company website (phone number, email, send a message, etc.)

Friday, June 25, 2021

EMERGENCY RESPONSE

Modify the emergency response plan and program to add that the organization will develop an emergency response plan for employees with disabilities when required.

Friday, July 30, 2021

Amend the emergency response plan for all the facilities and post it publicly for all employees to view (including floor plans and exits).

Saturday, December 31, 2022

Establish a process to develop alternative formats of the emergency response plan upon request and add it to the emergency response plan.

Saturday, December 31, 2022

RETURN TO WORK

Add to the policy that return to work applies to employees with temporary and permanent disabilities.

Saturday, October 30, 2021

DESIGN OF PUBLIC SPACES

Ensure all facilities have automatic door openers for all doors at the main entrance.

Wednesday, December 31, 2025

Set up a waiting area with seating at all applicable facilities to accommodate customers.

Sunday, December 31, 2023

Contact information:  613-831-3188 or via email at humanresources@galpower.com
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