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Design of Public Spaces Standards

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Accessible public spaces make it easier for people with disabilities to move through and use the environment. The requirements of the standard are divided into seven sections:

  1. Recreational trails and beach access routes
  2. Outdoor public use eating areas, like those found at rest stops or picnic grounds
  3. Outdoor play spaces
  4. Exterior paths of travel (sidewalks or walkways) and their associated elements, such as ramps, stairs, curb ramps, rest areas and accessible pedestrian signals
  5. Accessible off-street and on-street parking spaces
  6. Obtaining services (service counters, fixed queuing guides and waiting areas)
  7. Maintenance planning

The scope of the requirements

The standard requires organizations to incorporate accessibility when:

  • Building new public spaces, or
  • Making planned significant alterations to existing public spaces.

Organizations are not required to retrofit public spaces to meet the requirements. This means that organizations are not required to alter their public spaces if they have no plans to do so.

Accessibility for elements related to buildings, for example, building entrances, washrooms and barrier-free paths of travel, are not addressed in this standard. They are addressed through Ontario’s Building Code.

The University must provide an annual Accessibility Plan. A Comprehensive Strategic Framework for Accessibility was developed to allow the Accessibility Coordination Team to develop an Accessibility Plan that serves the university. Within that framework, five priory areas were identified in which to address accessibility. For one of these priory areas, a Built Environment Working Group was formed.

Section 5: Procuring or acquiring goods, services or facilities

Details

Compliance Timeline: For large designated public sector organizations, January 1, 2013.

The Standard States:

(1)  The Government of Ontario, Legislative Assembly and designated public sector organizations shall incorporate accessibility criteria and features when procuring or acquiring goods, services or facilities, except where it is not practicable to do so.

(2)  If the Government of Ontario, Legislative Assembly or a designated public sector organization determines that it is not practicable to incorporate accessibility criteria and features when procuring or acquiring goods, services or facilities, it shall provide, upon request, an explanation.

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Section 6: Self-service kiosks

Details

Compliance Timeline: For large designated public sector organizations, January 1, 2013.

The Standard States:

(1)  Without limiting the generality of section 5, the Government of Ontario, Legislative Assembly and designated public sector organizations shall incorporate accessibility features when designing, procuring or acquiring self-service kiosks.

(2)  Large organizations and small organizations shall have regard to the accessibility for persons with disabilities when designing, procuring or acquiring self-service kiosks.

(3)  The Government of Ontario, Legislative Assembly and designated public sector organizations shall meet the requirements of this section in accordance with the schedule set out in subsection 5 (3).

(4)  Large organizations shall meet the requirements under subsection (2) as of January 1, 2014 and small organizations shall meet the requirements as of January 1, 2015.

(5)  In this section, “kiosk” means an interactive electronic terminal, including a point-of-sale device, intended for public use that allows users to access one or more services or products or both.

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