Media Accessibility

Image includes the following white text on a black background within a white rectangle: This program contains Integrated Described Video. It was written to be accessible for blind and low vision viewers.

“My vision is to make media accessible across all platforms, including broadcast, broadband, wireless and any future medium that comes along. Our audience wants to access media just like any other Canadian and it’s our mandate to deliver that.”

- David Errington, AMI President and CEO.

About AMI

Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) is a not-for-profit multimedia organization serving more than five million Canadians who are blind, partially sighted, deaf, hard of hearing, mobility or print restricted. Operating three broadcast services, AMI-tv and AMI-audio in English and AMI-télé in French, AMI’s mission is to make accessible media for all Canadians. To learn more visit AMI.ca and AMItele.ca. Licensed by the CRTC, AMI services are part of the basic digital package of TV programming offered by all cable systems and satellite direct-to-home services.

Learn more about who we are and what we do.

Our History

From its inception as a reading service to the ground breaking media and social enterprise that it is today, the organization has evolved significantly throughout it’s more than 26 year history.

1989

National Broadcast Reading Service (NBRS) was created and mandated to provide equal access to published news and information for all Canadians with vision restrictions.

1990

NBRS was granted a licence from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to launch a radio reading service known as VoicePrint and operated as such until it officially became AMI-audio.

1995

In 1995, Audio Vision Canada (AVC) was established.  AVC was a pioneer in the production of described programming for movie and television productions

2008

In 2008, the CRTC granted a license to the Accessible Channel (TACtv) to provide the world’s first and only television network to broadcast all programs with closed captioning and open described video. 

2010

In 2010, NBRS was officially rebranded as Accessible Media Inc. to better reflect the company’s expanded service offerings and more clearly communicate the organization’s goal to make all media accessible to all Canadians.

2012

On January 30, 2012, TACtv was officially rebranded as AMI-tv. VoicePrint followed shortly thereafter and was rebranded as AMI-audio on March 5, 2012.

2013

AMI-tv and AMI-audio licenses were renewed through 2018 and AMI was awarded a French television license.

2014

In October, AMI launched the AMI-player, the first accessible online media player in North America.

In December, AMI-télé, Canada’s first French channel featuring open described video, launched.

2016

In April, AMI redesigned and relaunched its AMI.ca and AMItele.ca websites.

Accessibility Officer

The Accessibility Officer role was introduced to AMI in 2014 to further maintain and establish AMI as a leader in the field of media accessibility. Chris O’Brien, a seasoned IT professional and accessibility advocate, was appointed to the role in September 2016.

Learn more about Chris O’Brien or connect with Chris on Twitter: @a11ycob