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Gabriel Pizza Franchise Corporation (GPFC), which includes Gabriel Pizza and the Crust & Crate entities, is committed to ensuring equal access and participation for people with disabilities. GPFC is committed to treating people with disabilities in a way that allows them to maintain their dignity and independence. GPFC believes in integration and we are committed to meeting the needs of people with disabilities in a timely manner. GPFC will do so by removing and preventing barriers to accessibility and meeting our accessibility requirements under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and Ontario’s accessibility laws.
GPFC 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.
GPFC will train our employees and volunteers on accessibility as it relates to their specific roles.
GPFC will incorporate accessibility features/consider accessibility for people with disabilities if designing, procuring or acquiring self-service kiosks.
GPFC will communicate with people with disabilities in ways that take into account their disability. When asked, we will provide information about our organization and its services, including public safety information, in accessible formats or with communication supports.
GPFC will also meet internationally-recognized Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level AA website requirements in accordance with Ontario’s accessibility laws.
GPFC will notify employees, potential hires and the public that accommodations can be made during recruitment and hiring.
GPFC will notify staff that supports are available for those with disabilities. GPFC will put in place a process to develop individual accommodation plans for employees.
GPFC will also provide individualized emergency response information to employees who have a disability, if the disability is such that the individualized information is necessary, and if GPFC is aware of the need for the accommodation due to the employee’s disability. GPFC will provide this information as soon as is practicable after becoming aware of the need for accommodation.
Where the employee requires assistance, GPFC will, with the consent of the employee, provide the individual workplace emergency response information when the employee moves to a different location in the organization, when the employee’s overall accommodation needs or plans are reviewed, or when GPFC reviews its general emergency response policies.
GPFC has an Accommodation Policy that outlines the steps required for the development of individual accommodation plans for employees with disabilities.
If requested, information regarding accessible formats and communications supports available will also be included in individual accommodation plans.
In addition, plans will include individual workplace emergency response information (where required) and will identify any other accommodation that is to be provided.
GPFC will meet accessibility laws when building or making major changes to public spaces as applicable to GPFC. Public spaces include:
GPFC will put procedures in place to prevent service disruptions to our accessible parts of our public spaces.
GPFC will modify or remove an existing policy that does not respect and promote the dignity and independence of people with disabilities.
The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA) is the Provincial Legislation with the purpose of developing, implementing and enforcing accessibility standards in order to achieve accessibility for people with disabilities with respect to goods, services, facilities, accommodation, employment, buildings, structures and premises on or before January 1, 2025.
This policy is in accordance with the Accessible Customer Service Standard for the following:
GPFC Franchise Corporation (GPFC), which includes GPFC and the Crust & Crate entities, is committed to ensuring equal access and participation for people with disabilities. We are committed to treating people with disabilities in a way that allows them to maintain their dignity and independence.
We believe in integration, and we are committed to meeting the needs of people with disabilities in a timely manner. We will do so by removing and preventing barriers to accessibility and by meeting our accessibility requirements under Ontario’s accessibility laws.
People with disabilities will benefit from the same services, in the same place and in a similar way as other customers. Management will ensure that all employees are properly trained on policies, practices and procedures that affect the way goods and services are provided to people with disabilities. Employees will also be trained on an ongoing basis when changes are made to these policies, practices and procedures. Employees shall follow the policies, practices and procedures outlined when dealing with people with disabilities.
GPFC is committed to excellence in service to all customers including people with disabilities and we will carry out our functions and responsibilities in the following areas:
GPFC will communicate with people with disabilities in ways that take into consideration their disability. Employees will be trained on how to interact and communicate with people with various types of disabilities.
GPFC is committed to providing fully accessible telephone service to our customers. We will train employees to communicate with customers over the telephone in clear and plain language and to speak clearly and slowly. We will offer to communicate with customers by email, fax, or letter if telephone communication is not suitable to their communication needs or is not available.
GPFC will ensure that the access, use and benefit of goods or services are not compromised for people with disabilities who require the use of assistive devices or who are accompanied by a service animal or support person.
Assistive devices required by a person with a disability are permitted except where the device may pose a risk to the health and safety of a person with a disability or the health and safety of others on the premises.
A guest with a disability that is accompanied by a service animal will be allowed access to premises that are open to the public unless otherwise excluded by law. Examples of service animals include dogs used by people who are blind, hearing alert animals for people who are deaf, deafened or hard of hearing, and animals trained to alert an individual to an oncoming seizure and lead them to safety.
A support person is an individual who accompanies a guest with a disability to help his or her communication, mobility, personal care or medical needs, or with accessing goods and/or services. All support people are welcome at all GPFC locations. Cost for goods and services for a support person accompanying a person with a disability will be the responsibility of the support person.
GPFC will provide customers with notice in the event of a planned or unexpected disruption in the facilities or services usually used by people with disabilities. This notice will include information about the reason for the disruption, its anticipated duration, and a description of alternative facilities or services, if available. The notice will be placed at all public entrances and service counters on our premises.
GPFC will provide training to all employees and all those who are involved in the development and approvals of customer service policies, practices and procedures. This training will be provided to all new employees and on an ongoing basis to ensure all employees stay current with any policy or procedural changes as it relates to the AODA Customer Service Standard.
The training will include:
GPFC will keep a written record of the accessible customer service training provided, including a summary of the content, when it was provided, the number of people trained and the dates.
The ultimate goal of GPFC is to meet and surpass customer expectations while providing service to customers with disabilities. Comments on our services regarding how well those expectations are being met are welcomed and appreciated.
Feedback regarding the way GPFC provides goods and services to people with disabilities can be made as follows:
Complaints will be addressed according to complaint categories already established in our company’s complaint management procedures.
Copies of the Accessible Customer Service Policy are available, upon request
GPFC is committed to developing customer service policies that respect and promote dignity and independence of people with disabilities. Therefore, no changes will be made to this policy before considering the impact on people with disabilities. GPFC will provide policy and procedure documents produced by the GPFC in an alternative format upon request, within a reasonable amount of time.
This policy exists to achieve service excellence to customers with disabilities. If you have any questions on this policy or would like to obtain this document in an alternate format, please feel free to contact Head Office by mail, phone, or email.
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