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ACCESSIBILITY STANDARDS FOR THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT

Remove Barriers in Public Spaces and Buildings

 

AODA Built Environment Standards

Under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA),  Accessibility Standards for the Built Environment are being designed to help remove barriers in buildings and outdoor spaces for people with disabilities.

Accessibility requirements for public spaces are being developed by the Ministry of Community and Social Services. Accessibility requirements within buildings are being addressed through the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing and Ontario’s Building Code.

 

Public Spaces

In August 2012, the Government of Ontario released new draft standards for the Built Environment - "The Design of Accessible Public Spaces", for review and comment. These Standards were proposed as new regulations under the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation, ON, 191/11 and only addressed accessibility and public spaces.The Ministry is currently reviewing the feedback received before preparing the final draft standard to be made law.

This standard is currently not law. VIEW A COPY OF THE DRAFT STANDARDS FOR THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT - PUBLIC SPACES

 

Barrier-Free Design Requirements - Building Code

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing is currently undertaking public consultation on potential changes to the barrier-free design requirements in the Building Code.The consultation will focus on potential updates and changes to current Code accessibility requirements in a number of key areas, including:

  • Renovations
  • Barrier-free path of travel (common access and circulation)
  • Vertical access (elevators)
  • Visitable suites in multi-unit residential buildings
  • Adaptable design and construction
  • Visual fire alarms
  • Washrooms
  • Use of guidelines

The deadline for providing feedback to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing is March 1, 2013.

A consultation paper and details of the potential technical changes are available online.

VIEW OR DOWNLOAD A PDF COPY OF THE ONTARIO BUILDING CODE CONSULTATION PAPER

VIEW OR DOWNLOAD A PDF COPY OF THE POTENTIAL TECHNICAL CHANGES

Details on how to furnish comments are available online or you can download the fillable PDF comment form that is to be used.