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Accessibility

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Access to our services

Access to our services

Access to our financial services has always been the focus of our mission

Meeting the needs of our members and clients is a constant priority for Desjardins. Therefore, our main concern is to make our products and services accessible from all points of view. To do so, it is important for us to adapt to our members' and clients' evolving behaviours, their territorial distribution and their limitations, be they physical or social.

To ensure that accessibility standards are incorporated into policies and practices, Desjardins has adopted a multi-year accessibility plan that will be reviewed and updated at least every 5 years.

See the Desjardins Group Multi-Year Accessibility Plan

Accessible formats and communication resources are available on request.

Desjardins is committed to ensuring that its website is accessible to the visually disabled, the aging population, people with physical, cognitive or functional limitations, and people with special requirements.

Process

Our ongoing efforts aim to improve the site so that we can provide Desjardins clients with a fully accessible website.

Audits and user tests were done with people with disabilities as well as physical and functional limitations to pinpoint the more pressing areas requiring improved accessibility. We also ran functional tests using Non Visual Desktop Access (NVDA) software, version 2016.4, JAWS 2016 and 2017 screen readers with Windows 7, and VoiceOver with iOS 10.2.

Compliance

Markup language is based on XHTML 1.0 transitional and complies with CSS2 W3C specifications.

Several Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 were applied when the Desjardins website was developed:

  • Navigation and presentation must be clear.
  • Links must lead directly to content.
  • Headings (titles, H1, H2, etc.) must be used to organize a page.
  • Language must be clear and simple.
  • Text equivalents and complementary text must provide context.
  • Page titles must describe page content.
  • Font must be resizable up to 200%.
  • Colours must contrast well for better readability.
  • Users must be able to stop and pause videos.
  • No automatic redirect or refresh of content upon focus or data entry.
  • Multiple access points to content (breadcrumb trail, search engine, floating toolbars, site map at bottom of page).

Learn more about Web Content Accessibility Guidelines - External link. This link will open in a new window..

A democratic organization responsive to its members' needs, Desjardins's focus has always been to make its facilities accessible. We’ve undertaken several initiatives to reduce the obstacles that might prevent our members with disabilities from benefiting from our services.

Here are a few elements that illustrate Desjardins's ongoing commitment to accessibility.

Accessibility of buildings

Every new Desjardins construction or major renovation project includes features to provide access to people with mobility impairments according to established standards, including parking spaces.

Accessibility of ATMs

The Desjardins network's ATMs are accessible to those with reduced immobility, smaller stature or visual impairments.

Accessible ATMs can be identified by their lower components (keyboard, screen, buttons), a grab bar and shelves that are practical for people with reduced mobility or people of smaller stature, thus enabling them to safely make transactions.

All Desjardins ATMs offer voice-guided systems to help the visually impaired, the functionally illiterate and elderly people take full advantage of ATMs. By inserting earphones into a jack on the ATM, these members can obtain private voice instructions explaining how to use the ATM and guiding them every step of the way through their transactions. This application was developed in collaboration with associations for persons with disabilities.

Accessibility made possible by other payment methods

A number of Desjardins services and online solutions can be helpful to persons with reduced mobility. Bills can be paid online or by telephone and received via epost, for example, purchases can be made from home with a credit card or prepaid card, not to mention direct payment, direct withdrawal, mobile cheque deposits, Interac e-Transfers®, etc. These virtual access methods favour members with reduced mobility, helping them gain autonomy without sacrificing security

Your comments on accessibility

You play an important role in making our products and services more accessible.

For information or to share your thoughts on accessibility at Desjardins, please contact your caisse or Desjardins Business centre.

How caisse member habits and our distribution network have evolved

Over the years, the habits of caisses members have changed considerably, going from teller transactions (cheque cashing, deposits, etc.) to electronic transactions (electronic transfers, statements, etc.).

Desjardins has had to adapt to the changes brought about by this increased use of virtual transactions, while remaining aware of the concerns of communities when a point of service shuts down, and of the effects these closures have on the community.

Changes to our distribution network are first discussed with local communities to get their feedback. Desjardins Group is committed to remaining the most available financial institution. We must consider new business realities and adapt to our members' changing habits in terms of financial services, while ensuring our institution remains easily accessible to all our members.

Examples of solutions implemented with local communities that meet their needs:

Affordable solutions to maintain our presence in sparsely populated areas:

  • Sharing of facilities, buildings and employees
  • Mobile advisory services and virtual advisors
  • Agreements with merchants to allow members to make withdrawals with or without purchase
  • Installation of work spaces with high-speed Internet in libraries or municipal offices

Solutions to remain in close contact with our members:

  • Support for public transportation in rural areas
  • On-demand transportation service, reimbursement of taxi or bus fares
  • ATM or AccèsD training
  • Sending an employee on set days to communities with a reduced mobility population (basic transactions)

The caisses are open to all, without any discrimination, and encourage members to participate in the cooperative life and influence caisse orientations at the annual general meetings or by taking part in surveys.

To ensure access to financial services for all, Desjardins Group offers products and services that meet the varying needs of all its members.

The caisses are also a positive integration tool for cultural communities and newcomers to Quebec and Canada:

  • Our members have access to caisses which gather members of cultural communities (Chinese, Italian, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese and Ukrainian).
  • They can benefit from services in their mother tongue.

Find a caisse offering services in another language

Newcomers

Since knowledge of the Canadian financial system is one of the conditions of successful integration and financial success of newcomers, Desjardins Group is committed to the financial education of this particular clientele.

A number of tools intended for newcomers are available:

  • Information kits in French (PDF, 1007 KB), English (PDF, 1007 KB) and Spanish (PDF, 1,286 KB), also available at the caisses, present and explain the world of Canadian finance
  • Newsletters published on the immigrer.com website (site in French only) supplies pertinent financial information to future immigrants
  • Information about Desjardins and its financial products are presented in the Newcomers to Canada section
  • The form to open an account online has been simplified and can be filled in from outside Canada

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