Québec Parental Insurance Plan

Québec Parental Insurance Plan

Accessibility policy

In its current version, the Québec Parental Insurance Plan (QPIP) site complies in large part with the level 1 rules of the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI).


  • A text equivalent is supplied for all important images.
  • The layout does not use invisible images.
  • Images are used where no other HTML element can be used to provide the information.
  • Iconography


  • The information conveyed with colours is also accessible without colour from the context or images: borders, underlining, weight, font, etc.
  • The level of contrast of the foreground and background of the colours is sufficiently high for persons with colour deficits or when viewed on a black and white screen.
  • A flickering screen may cause problems for persons with photosensitive epilepsy.


  • Language changes in a text are signalled with HTML flagging.
  • The main language of each page is specified with the required attributes.

Structure and Presentation:

  • The page setup for the QPIP site relies in large part on the use of external style sheets, which means that the presentation style is uniform for the entire site.
  • Pages are structured using HTML logic.


  • No tables have been used for the site display. Tables are used exclusively to display data.
  • Line and column headers are identified with the necessary mark-up.


  • None of the scripts used on the site are essential for navigation or information-consultation purposes.


  • Page setup allows users to change the size of the characters using the integrated tool on each page or the navigator functions.

Navigation and Links:

  • The site plan is accessible on each page.
  • The navigation menu reflects the information structure.
  • Adjacent links are separated as much as possible from printed characters to avoid confusing them with their assisted technologies.

On-line Forms:

  • Each visible element on a form is linked to a caption.

If you notice any errors or omissions on the site, or if you experience any difficulties, feel free to contact us at webmestre@mess.gouv.qc.ca.

Last update: June 11, 2009