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The Farm Products Council of Canada (FPCC) is a micro organization and a portfolio partner to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC). FPCC occupies Building 59 on the Central Experimental Farm in the NCR, a standalone building owned by AAFC. AAFC provides significant administrative support services to FPCC, including access to many of their IM/IT systems, applications and infrastructure.
Any feedback on barriers regarding the accessibility plan can be sent to the Director of Corporate and Governmental Affairs â€“ FPCC, by using the contact information below.
Farm Products Council of Canada
960 Carling Avenue, Building 59
Ottawa, Ontario K1A0C6
By phone: 613-759-1639
By email: Corporate and Governmental Affairs
FPCC Accessibility Plan 2022-2025 - ISSN 2817-1373
Barriers to accessibility in employment are assessed on an ongoing basis.
FPCC is serviced by the AAFC HR team and as such, FPCC is able to leverage the knowledge and tools of our portfolio partner. General guidance and recommendations for addressing potential barriers are provided by AAFC throughout each hiring process. AAFCâ€™s experts also provide support and feedback during the process of drafting FPCC specific policies and procedures, again allowing their accessibility expertise to be leveraged and incorporated into our internal direction.
The built environment
FPCC occupies Building 59 on the Central Experimental Farm in the NCR, a building owned and operated by AAFC. FPCC and AAFC share the responsibility for significant changes to the building and are working together to ensure it reflects current accessibility standards.
As FPCC staff have worked remotely for the majority of the past two years, no actual barriers have been identified recently by employees or visitors. However, renovations were just completed that included redesigning a previously inaccessible area to make it accessible for those with mobility challenges.
In addition, some environmental sensitivities have been addressed by opting to install laminate flooring when and where possible in order to reduce the dust and allergens normally associated with carpeting. The small footprint of the building will allow systematic replacement of flooring throughout the office to continue over the coming fiscal years.
As FPCC staff return to the office more regularly over the coming months, increased feedback will be solicited from staff and appropriate actions will be taken to ensure the building is, and remains, highly accessible.
Information and communication technologies (ICT)
FPCC has identified one specific barrier to accessibility in ICT.
Third party documents posted on our website may pose a barrier to accessibility. The documents are posted on FPCCâ€™s website as a result of formal Complaint and Public Hearing processes and, not being owned by FPCC, do not always conform to Government accessibility standards.
FPCC will continue to follow policy updates and engage with the 3rd parties as well as AAFC to find solutions that would allow for progress in this area.
FPCC is committed to maintaining a high standard of accessibility, as defined in the Standard on Web Accessibility and the Standard on Optimizing Websites and Applications for Mobile Devices. The FPCC Web page provides direction on how to obtain published information in alternative formats such as regular print, Braille or other appropriate formats.
In addition, FPCC is reliant on AAFC for all IT infrastructure (e.g. network, laptops, mobile, landline). As such, FPCC works closely with AAFC on the implementation of upgrades in functionality, including accessibility.
Communication, other than ICT
FPCCâ€™s internal communications with staff, and external communications with stakeholders is regularly done in multiple formats to ensure accessibility. In person meetings, virtual meetings, one on one discussions, group discussions, emails and information management tools are all methods used to communicate various messages to various audiences. For items of significance, multiple methods are used to ensure messages are able to reach audiences more fully.
The procurement of goods, services and facilities
FPCC has no facilities responsibilities. Facilities services are provided by AAFC.
The size of FPCCâ€™s budget ultimately results in few procurement opportunities. However, FPCC has ensured that goods procured for use in the office are appropriate for those of different abilities. For example, newly procured workstations are suitable for sit/stand work, and, collaborative areas include a variety of seating options, allowing more options for those of different abilities.
The design and delivery of programs and services
FPCCâ€™s regulatory role is threefold, namely: Council meetings, Complaint hearings and Public hearings.
Council meetings are not public. They can be in person, virtual or hybrid. Accessibility needs of Council members and supporting staff are considered on a case by case basis.
Complaint hearings are by invitation to Complainants, Respondents, Observers and Interveners. They can be in person, virtual or hybrid. Accessibility needs of Council members, supporting staff, Complainants, Respondents, Observers and Interveners are considered on a case by case basis.
FPCC has not held a Public hearing since 2018. Accessibility will be taken into consideration in future Public hearings.
FPCC does not maintain any vehicles nor does it provide any transportation services to visitors or staff.
As a micro organization, direct consultation with staff and Council members is regular and ongoing. As a portfolio partner, FPCC also makes use of AAFC tools, policies and procedures which are informed from more significant consultations and feedback. FPCC will continue to accept and solicit feedback in order to continue to engage with stakeholders regarding accessibility.