Integrated Accessibility Standards Policy

Information and Communications, Employment

Introduction

Ravine Mushroom Farms Inc. (RMFI) fully supports the inclusion of persons with disabilities in all of its operations. In accordance with the requirements of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (“AODA”) and the Ontario Human Rights Code, RMFI strives to conduct its business in a way that is accessible, inclusive and responsive to the needs of persons with disabilities. The purpose of this Policy is to describe RMFI’s commitment to achieving accessibility through compliance with AODA and, in particular, the Integrated Accessibility Standard Regulation (“IASR”). This policy identifies what RMFI will do in order to achieve accessibility as an organization.

Statement of Commitment

RMFI is committed to meeting the accessibility needs of persons with disabilities in an effective and timely manner by preventing and removing barriers for persons with disabilities in accordance with the requirements of the AODA, the IASR and the Code.

Requirements

This policy is posted on RMFI website in an accessible format. Upon request, RMFI will provide a copy of this document in an alternative accessible format.

RMFI has developed a Multi-Year Accessibility Plan that meets its requirements under the IASR. The Multi-Year Accessibility Plan will be reviewed and updated at least once every five years.

Self-service kiosks

RMFI currently does not have a self-service kiosks. However, if RMFI requires one in future, RMFI will incorporate accessibility features/consider accessibility for people with disabilities when designing, procuring or acquiring self-service kiosks.

Training

RMFI is committed to training staff and volunteers in Ontario’s accessibility laws and aspects of the Ontario Human Rights Code that relate to persons with disabilities.

RMFI will train employees and volunteers on accessibility as it relates to their specific roles.

Training will include the following:

  • The purposes of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 and the requirements of the customer service standard
  • How to interact and communicate with people with various types of disabilities
  • How to interact with people with disabilities who use an assistive device and/or require the assistance of a service animal or a support person
  • How to use available equipment that may help with the provision of products and services to people with disabilities
  • What to do if a person with a disability is having difficulty in accessing products and services from RMFI.
  • RMFI policies, practices and procedures relating to the customer service standard.

Information and Communications

RMFI will communicate with people with disabilities in ways that take into account their disability. When asked, RMFI will provide information about the organization and its services, including public safety information, in accessible formats or with communication supports.

RMFI will also meet internationally-recognized Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level AA website requirements in accordance with Ontario’s accessibility laws.

Employment

Recruitment:

RMFI welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.  During the recruitment and hiring process, RMFI will notify employees, potential hires and the public that accommodations can be made for those with disabilities.

Recruitment, Assessment or Selection process

RMFI will notify job applicants, when they are individually selected to participate in an assessment or selection process, that accommodations are available upon request in relation to the materials or the processes to be used.  For specific accommodation because of a disability or a medical need, please contact The Office Administrator at 905 264-6173 or by e-mail at office@ravinefoods.com. This ensures that the appropriate accommodations are in place.

Notice to Successful Applicants:

RMFI will notify successful applicants of the policies for accommodating employees with disabilities.

Informing Employees of Supports:

RMFI will notify staff that supports are available for those with disabilities. RMFI will put in place a process to develop individual accommodation plans for employees. Where needed, RMFI will also provide customized emergency information to help an employee with a disability during an emergency.

Policies for Supporting Employees with Disabilities

It is the policy of RMFI to ensure that job accommodations are provided for employees with disabilities. Please contact your Manager if you would like to discuss accommodations.

Individual Accommodation Plans

The following process will be used to assess individual accommodation requirement

Step 1: Recognize the need for accommodation

The need for accommodation can be:

  • Requested by the employee through his/her supervisor, or human resources.
  • Identified by the employee’s manager or the hiring manager.

Step 2: Gather relevant information and assess needs

  • Employee is an active participant in this step
  • Employer may ask for a functional capacity assessment, at employer’s expense
  • Employee and employer explore a range of specific and universal accommodations to find most appropriate measure (an external expert may be involved)
  • If accommodation denied, the reason is provided

Step3: Write a formal individual accommodation plan Accommodation details are written down in a formal plan, including:

  • Accessible formats and communication supports, if requested
  • Workplace emergency response information, if required
  • Any other accommodation that is to be provided

Step 4: Implement, monitor, and review accommodation plan

  • Employee and manager monitor the accommodation to ensure that it has effectively met the need
  • Formal reviews are conducted at predetermined intervals
  • The accommodation plan is reviewed if the employee’s work location or position changes
  • The accommodation is reviewed if the nature of the employee’s disability changes

Return to Work Processes

Below is the Return to Work Process:

Step 1: Initiate return to work process Employee takes leave due to illness, injury or disability

Step 2: Make and maintain contact with employee on leave

Step 3: Develop return to work plan

If employee has no residual functional limitations: Regular position, no accommodation required

If employee has temporary functional limitations: Temporary modified work, accommodation or alternate position

If employee has lasting functional limitations: Permanent accommodation or permanent reassignment

Step 4: Monitor and evaluate return to work process

 

Performance Management, Career Development and Redeployment:

RMFI does not currently have a process in place for performance management, career development and redeployment.  However should a process be needed in future, RMFI will take into account the accessibility needs of all employees 

Changes to Existing Policies

RMFI will modify or remove an existing policy that does not respect and promote the dignity and independence of people with disabilities.



Update Date: September 10, 2018
Supersedes: July 11, 2017

Tasty Recipes

Mushrooms are a versatile food, coming in many different varieties that can be used in all kinds of dishes, from sides to salads to full-fledged entrées. The sheer difference between the species of fungi, from the rich and meaty portabella, often used as a vegetarian substitute for meat, to the delicate yet varied oyster mushroom, demands an imposing array of recipes. Whether fresh or frozen, our mushrooms will be perfectly at home in any of them. From here to your kitchen, we say: Bon appetite!

Our Products

Ravine Mushrooms Farms Inc. supplies various varieties of mushrooms including, white mushrooms, cremini mushrooms, Portobello mushrooms, Oyster Mushrooms, specialty mushrooms such as Enoki, Maitake, King Eryngii, Honey Mushrooms, Chantrelle, Morels and Beech.