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The Accessible Canada Act (Bill C-81) is intended to enhance the full and equal participation of all persons, especially persons with disabilities, in society. This is to be achieved through the progressive realization, within the purview of matters coming within the legislative authority of Parliament, of a Canada without barriers, particularly by the identification, removal and prevention of barriers. In support of this, SSC is seeking to procure Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) that meet internationally recognized accessibility standards so that procured ICT is accessible for the user and administrator community.

SSC has a role in implementing the Government of Canada’s vision for a more accessible Canada because SSC provides the information technology infrastructure that supports the delivery of digital services to Canadians. This means that SSC is engaged in the procurement of goods and services and in supporting the delivery of programs and services by other government departments, both of which are areas covered by the Accessible Canada Act. SSC’s goal is for its information technology infrastructure to be more accessible to and more usable by the broadest range of government officials and Canadians who use it, including those with disabilities.

SSC is committed to providing leadership to procure accessible ICT goods and services and supporting the goal of inclusive by design, accessible by default. The NMSO for Microcomputer Mobile Devices includes accessibility requirements which are adopted from international accessibility standards such as the EN 301 549 (2018) Harmonised European Standard accessibility requirements for ICT products and services.

Intertek, an independent third party company responsible for benchmark testing of NMSO devices, has reviewed the Microcomputer Mobile Devices on the NMSO for certain accessibility and assistive technology features. These reviews can be found in the Benchmark Testing Report by selecting a specific device and viewing the “Detailed Features Listing”.

The Accessibility, Accommodation and Adaptive Computer Technology (AAACT) team at SSC has played an integral role in the development of the accessibility requirements for the NMSO, and continues play an important role by providing additional testing of the NMSO Microcomputer Mobile Devices by reviewing a range technical features as well as determining device support of common adaptive technologies such as Dragon, JAWS and SuperNova. The AAACT Testing Report summarises the results of the testing of certain NMSO devices to help clients determine which devices may accommodate their client’s needs.

The results from AAACT testing should be used for information purposes-only and cannot be used as a justification for large requirements exceeding the Call-up Limitations.

For additional information on Accessibility please contact AAACT:

Website: https://www.canada.ca/en/shared-services/corporate/aaact-program.html

E-mail: aaact-aatia@ssc-spc.gc.ca

Telephone: (819) 994-4835

Toll Free: 1-866-442-2228

To review the Testing Reports:

Intertek: https://canada.nstl.com/SipssWebSites/Report/m20/NotebookCategory.asp

Current AAACT Testing Report