(Feb. 12/13) As the Government of Ontario moves toward implementing the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA), accessibility requirements are undergoing changes.

New requirements for the design of public spaces
Beginning in 2015, public- and private-sector organizations will have to meet accessibility requirements when constructing and maintaining new or redeveloped elements of public spaces including:

  • recreational trails and beach access routes;
  • outdoor eating areas for public use;
  • outdoor play spaces (such as playgrounds);
  • exterior paths of travel (such as walkways across parks or between buildings);
  • accessible on- and off-street parking; and
  • service counters and waiting areas.

What this means for restaurateurs
Operators do not have to make changes to their existing public spaces. The standard only applies to new construction or major changes to existing parts of public spaces.

Accessibility enhancements to the Ontario Building Code
The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH) is developing potential enhancements to current accessibility requirements in buildings. Public consultation on these updates is underway until March 1, 2013.

Click here to review the public consultation paper, which includes details of the potential technical changes.

If you have specific concerns you would like to ensure are addressed in CRFA’s comments to government, contact us.

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