The Accessibility Standards for the Built Environment focus on removing barriers in two areas:

  1. buildings
  2. public spaces

Ontario's Building Code has been amended to include enhancements to accessibility in buildings.  As of January 1, 2015, new construction and renovations will be subject to updated accessibility requirements. Learn more about the changes to Ontario's Building Code.

Accessibility Standard for the Design of Public Spaces

The standard for the design of public spaces only applies to new construction and major changes to existing features.

Here are the highlights of what the standard covers:

Take a look at the Policy Guidelines for the Design of Public Spaces.


Requirements are being phased in depending on the:

  • type of organization (private or public)
  • number of employees in the organization.


Go to the accessibility compliance wizard to find out exactly what you have to do and when.

Other accessibility requirements

The Accessibility Standard for the Design of Public Spaces is part of a larger regulation called the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation.

It includes some general requirements that organizations must follow including:

  • planning for accessibility
  • training staff to comply with the accessibility standards.

Find out more.

Learn more

Read our summaries of the requirements of the Regulation.

You can find out more about the Accessibility Standard for the Design of Public Spaces by reading the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation 191/11.

Please note: Many individuals and companies are now offering consulting services on accessibility matters including compliance with the requirements of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and the standards.

The Accessibility Directorate of Ontario, the Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure, and the Government of Ontario do not endorse any accessibility consultant, including their advice, opinions or recommendations.