ACCESSIBLE CUSTOMER SERVICE POLICY
This policy establishes our commitment to accessible Customer Service under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005.
At Aritzia, we are committed to serving all our customers with exceptional products and services. Making our stores and merchandise accessible to persons with disabilities is an important part of this commitment to superior Customer Service. We strive to provide our merchandise, facilities, and services in a way that respects the dignity and independence of people with disabilities. We are committed to giving people with disabilities the same opportunity to access and benefit from our merchandise, facilities, and services in the same place and in a similar way as other customers.
The Aritzia Accessible Customer Service Policy (“the Policy”) applies to all employees, managers, and customers of Aritzia, and to any third parties (e.g., contractors) who are engaged to provide our merchandise, facilities, and services to the public on our behalf.
When communicating with people with disabilities, we will do so in ways that take into account their disability. Accordingly, we will train staff who communicate with customers on how to interact and communicate with people with various types of disabilities.
3. Assistive Devices
People with disabilities are welcome to use their own personal assistive devices (e.g., white cane, wheelchair, hearing and visual aids) in order to access or use our facilities and obtain our products and services. We will train our staff to become familiar with various assistive devices that may be used by customers with disabilities while accessing our merchandise, facilities, and services
4. Service Animals and Support Persons
People with disabilities who are accompanied by a service animal are welcome on all parts of our facilities that are open to the public and other third parties. Customers may keep the animal with him/her unless excluded by law, in which case, we will consider alternative measures to access to our merchandise, facilities, and services. Our staff and others dealing with the public on our behalf will be trained on how to interact with people with disabilities who are accompanied by a service animal.
Any person with a disability who is accompanied by a support person will be allowed to enter our facilities with his or her support person. At no time will a person with a disability who is accompanied by a support person be prevented from having access to his or her support person while on our premises.
5. Notice of Temporary Disruptions
In the event of a planned or unexpected disruption in facilities or services usually used by people with disabilities, Aritzia will post a notice 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 or near the affected facility or service and/or through other means (e.g., website) where necessary.
6. Training for Staff
We provide training to staff who provide a customer services, and those who are involved in the development and approvals of customer service policies, practices and procedures. This training will be provided shortly after staff commence their duties and/or upon changes to this Policy, practices and procedures.
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 or require the assistance of a service animal or a support person
- How to use various assistive devices available on our premises, if any
- What to do if a person with a disability is having difficulty in accessing our facilities and services
- Aritzia’s policies, practices and procedures relating to the Customer Service Standard
7. Feedback Process
We welcome any feedback on our merchandise, facilities and services from people with disabilities. Please provide your comments to Customer Care in any of the following ways:
We will consider your comments carefully. Where appropriate, Aritzia will respond directly to the customer within a reasonable period of time. Complaints will be addressed pursuant to Aritzia’s regular Customer Care procedures.
Note: Copies of documents required under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 are available upon request. Please notify us in advance if you require such documents in an alternative or accessible format.