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.
The Accessibility Standards for the Built Environment focus on removing barriers in two areas:
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:
Requirements are being phased in depending on the:
Go to the Wizard to find out exactly what you have to do and when.
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:
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, Trade and Employment, and the Government of Ontario do not endorse any accessibility consultant, including their advice, opinions or recommendations.