Communications Policy of the Government of Canada
Webcasting helps federal government departments and agencies meet the requirements of the Government of Canada Communications Policy.
The policy, introduced in 2006 and updated in 2012, requires that information be delivered in multiple formats to ensure equal access for all Canadians.
People who are deaf or have hearing disabilities can access your information through Webcast Canada open or closed captioning. People who are blind or have seeing disabilities can hear the information through online audio and use a screen reader to access text transcripts.
Canada's Privacy Act
Canada's Privacy Act protects the personal information of Canadians. By using a webcast service located in the United States, you are putting your organization at risk of violating the Act. This is because the USA Patriot Act, enacted after 9/11, allows U.S. authorities to obtain personal information stored on any server in the U.S. without the need for a warrant or the knowledge of those affected. Webcast Canada stores viewer information only on our Montreal dedicated servers.
Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act
In 2005, the Ontario Government passed the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) which requires all organizations to develop standards for accessibility in five key areas: Customer Service, Information and Communications, Employment, Transportation, and Built Environment.
Section 4 under "Customer Service" states that your organization must "Communicate with a person with a disability in a manner that takes into account his or her disability." Webcast Canada can help ensure that your organization is in compliane with AODA through its webcasts and webinars.