Who is Vermont Castings?
Vermont Castings is a registered trademark owned by Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited (referred to as “Vermont Castings” herein).
We are committed to eliminating barriers, to improving accessibility for persons with disabilities, and to providing goods and services in a way that respects the dignity and independence of people with disabilities. People with disabilities will be given the same opportunity to access and benefit from our goods and services, in the same place and in a similar way as other customers.
When communicating with a person who has a disability, we will communicate in a manner that takes into account the person’s disability.
We will train employees who communicate with customers on how to interact and communicate with people with various types of disabilities.
We are committed to providing fully accessible telephone services to our customers. We will train employees to communicate with customers over the telephone in clear and plain language.
We are committed to serving persons with disabilities who use assistive devices to obtain, use or benefit from our goods and services. We will ensure that our employees are trained and familiar with various assistive devices that may be used by customers with disabilities while accessing our goods or services.
We will also ensure that our employees know how to use assistive devices that are available in various locations for customers use.
We welcome persons with disabilities who are accompanied by service animals. Service animals are allowed on the parts of our premises that are open to the public.
If a service animal is legally excluded from some parts of the premises, we will provide alternative measures to enable the person to obtain, use or benefit from our services.
We will ensure that all employees are properly 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 premises 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.
Notice of Temporary Disruption in Service
We will provide customers with notice in the event of a planned or unexpected disruption in the facilities, website or telephone services usually used by persons 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.
This notice will be placed on the Vermont Castings website to advise customers of a disruption to website services, and a standard telephone outage message will be deployed to advise customers of a disruption to telephone services. This notice can be provided in accessible formats, as required.
We will provide training to all employees, volunteers and others who deal with the public or other third parties on behalf of Vermont Castings, and to all individuals who are involved in the development and approval of the customer service policies, practices and procedures.
Training must be completed during the employee orientation process.
Training will include:
- A review of the applicable accessibility legislation 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 support person.
- How to use the equipment or assistive devices that are available on our premises or that we otherwise provide that may help with the provision of goods and services to people with disabilities.
- What to do if a person with a disability is having difficulty in accessing our goods and services.
- Policies, practices and procedures governing the provision of goods or services to people with disabilities.
Training records will be kept, including the dates when the training is delivered, the number of employees to whom the training was provided and their names.
The ultimate goal of Vermont Castings is to meet and surpass customer expectations while serving customers with disabilities. Comments on our services regarding how well those expectations are being met are welcome and appreciated.
Feedback regarding the way in which we provide goods and services to people with disabilities can be made by completing the Accessibility Feedback Form and returning it to email@example.com, or by speaking directly with a customer service representative by contacting 1-844-586-4660. All feedback will be directed to the appropriate parties for review. We will make all reasonable efforts to address concerns or complaints promptly.
Click here to obtain a copy of the Accessibility Feedback Form
Availability of Accessible Customer Service Documents
We will, upon request, provide documentation in an alternate format to any person. Requests for accessible customer service documents should be made to Customer Service at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-844-586-4660. If a person with a disability requests a copy of this policy, we will provide the policy, or the information contained within the policy, in a format which takes into account the person’s disability.
This policy applies to the provision of goods and services provided by Vermont Castings and addresses the Customer Service Standard requirements. As a reflection of our commitment to the principles of accessible customer service, all efforts will be made to apply these accessible customer service principles to the provision of goods and services in other Canadian Jurisdictions.
Modifications to this or other policies
We are committed to developing customer service policies that respect and promote the dignity and independence of people with disabilities. Therefore, no change will be made to this policy before considering the impact on people with disabilities.
Any policy that does not respect and promote the dignity and independence of people with disabilities will be modified or removed.
Questions about this Policy
This policy exists to achieve service excellence to customers with disabilities. If anyone has a question about the policy, or if the purpose of a policy is not understood, please contact Customer Service at email@example.com or 1-844-586-4660; a customer service representative will escalate your question or concern accordingly.
*Some businesses within the Canadian Tire family may have developed their own retail specific customer service accessibility policy. Should there be a conflict between a retail specific customer service accessibility policy and the Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited Customer Service Accessibility Policy, the one which offers the greater accommodation to our customers shall govern.