Nickel District Conservation Authority:
Website Accessibility Statement

The Nickel District Conservation Authority is committed to making every effort to provide web sites that are accessible and usable by all citizens.  We strive to meet or exceed accessibility standards industry best practices.

The Conservation Sudbury website has been designed to be WCAG 2.0 level A compliant and meets the Province of Ontario's Accessible Information and Communications Standard (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005). Efforts are currently underway to be WCAG 2.0 level AA compliant within the timelines provided by the same Act.

Web Content Standards for Accessibility

In alignment with the WCAG 2.0 Guidelines, Conservation Sudbury’s Web Content Standards for Accessibility aims to ensure our websites are:

Perceivable
  • Ability to provide text alternatives for any non-text content.
  • Site designed using CSS allowing for content to be compatible with screen readers
  • Use of ALT tags and title tags
  • Text size - increase and decrease
 
Operable
  • Supports users who navigate via keyboard – IE using the Tab key instead of mouse
  • Proper use of colour which takes into account colour blindness
  • Multiple ways to navigate and find content – Search, Quick Links & Navigation
Understandable
  • CMS provides ability to manage content in a way which is readable and understandable.
  • Ability to set site structure via heading tags (H1, H2 … H6)
  • Supports use of Abbreviation and Acronym tags to provide definitions
 
Robust
  • Compatible with screen readers and cross browser compatible
  • Scalable for future standards
  • Compliant with W3C guidelines

Further, as Sudbury is a bilingual city, the French language policy extends this Web Content Standards for Accessibility.

Exceptions

Conservation Sudbury recognizes situations where it is not practicable to present content in an accessible format. In these cases, best efforts are used to provide citizens an accessible alternative or assistance in acquiring the information they need.

Examples of such exceptions include:

  • Mapping or GIS data
  • Engineering drawings or complex technical data
  • Legacy applications or data that cannot be updated or cannot be updated with reasonable effort/expenses.
  • Vendor web applications where the NDCA was unable to negotiate contractual obligation to maintain accessibility.
  • Presentation content where rendering accessible would hinder the ability to achieve its intended purpose.
  • Content that cannot be rendered accessible without significant impact.
Standards for External Contributors

In order to maintain its accessibility standards, Conservation Sudbury expects all content provided by external contributors to be delivered in compliancy of the WCAG 2.0 and the Province of Ontario's Accessible Information and Communications Standard.

Conservation Sudbury will accept no responsibility to convert non-accessible content provided by external contributors, train external contributors on accessibility or infer costs related to acquiring tools required to meet the requirement.

Example of external contributions
  • Content to be posted on a the Nickel District Conservation Authority and it’s programs created by third party sources.
  • Content to be posted on non- Nickel District Conservation Authority websites (ex: cbawards.ca, canadahelps.org, conservation-ontario.on.ca)
  • Agendas and minutes from outside boards reporting to the Nickel District Conservation Authority and it’s programs.
  • Reports or supporting material being presented to the Nickel District Conservation Authority and it’s programs
  • Promotional, marketing or informational content to be posted on the city website or any third party sites in order to the Nickel District Conservation Authority and it’s programs.
Guidelines for web related content

Links and resources:

Guidelines for developing websites, web pages or web content, Nickel District Conservation Authority

All website, web pages or web applications with public facing interfaces developed for the NDCA are to be designed for compliancy with WCAG 2.0 Level AA and to meet the Province of Ontario's Accessible Information and Communications Standard (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005).

Websites must comply with these guidelines if they are developed:

  • for the Nickel District Conservation Authority,
  • a Nickel District Conservation Authority program,
  • in partnership with the Nickel District Conservation Authority.

Exceptions

External contributions may provide content which does not comply with NDCA web accessibility standards should it be deemed non practicable to do so.

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