CAN-ASC-1.1: Employment - Notice of intent

This notice is to announce that Accessibility Standards Canada intends to develop a new accessibility standard. The purpose of this notice is to avoid duplication in standards development. 
This notice is aimed at other standards development organizations and the public. It does the following:

  • It defines the scope of the standard that we propose.
  • It defines the need for the project.
  • It states the time period during which the public can send us comments about the standard.
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Name of standards development organization

Accessibility Standards Canada

Contact information


Mailing address:

320, St-Joseph Boulevard
Suite 246
Gatineau, QC  K1A 0H3



Work program

The work program lists all of Accessibility Standards Canada’s in-progress and completed standards. It is available online: Work program – Accessibility Standards Canada

Designation number


Standard type

National Standard of Canada – Domestic

Standard development activity

New standard

International Classification for Standards (ICS) codes

  • 03.040 Labour. Employment
  • 03.060 Banking
  • 03.080 Services 
  • 03.220 Transport
  • 03.100 Company organization and management. Management systems

Comment period start date

December 13, 2022

Comment period end date

January 10, 2023


The purpose of CAN-ASC-1.1 is to develop a standard that goes above mandatory minimum technical specifications and produces equity-based technical requirements. 
CAN-ASC-1.1 will apply to federally regulated organizations in the private and public sectors.
There are common areas where persons with disabilities may face barriers to accessible employment. These include:

  • Information and awareness. This includes knowledge of available accommodations and training.
  • Navigating the labour market. This includes seeking accommodations and participating in inclusive decision-making.
  • Transition planning. This includes including moving between school systems. It also includes moving from school to employment.

CAN-ASC-1.1 will be developed to encourage active and inclusive participation of persons with disabilities at every phase of the employment journey. This includes: 

  • recruitment
  • hiring
  • onboarding
  • retention
  • individual accommodations
  • return to work
  • performance management
  • fair pay
  • career or job development or advancement
  • job exit

Project need

Accessibility Standards Canada was created under the Accessible Canada Act. Its mandate is to prevent, identify, and remove barriers to accessibility in Canada for people with disabilities. To do this, it develops standards. These are based on the needs of people with disabilities. These needs are identified by consulting Canadians with disabilities. This includes the members of the Accessibility Standards Canada Board of Directors. Most Board members are people with disabilities. The Board has approved the development of this standard. 

Accessibility Standards Canada standards are developed following the principle of “nothing without us.” This means that people with disabilities are involved in the development process:

  • Its standards are developed using research that is led by people with disabilities or with lived experience.
  • People with disabilities are members of the organization’s technical committees. These committees produce equity-based requirements for standards. These take into account the needs and perspectives of people with disabilities. 
  • The public review process for this standard will be accessible. This will allow even more people with disabilities to be part of the development process.

Date posted

This notice of intent was posted to the Accessibility Standards Canada website on November 24, 2021.

Date updated

January 3, 2023