Design of Public Spaces

The Design of Public Spaces will focus on removing barriers in two areas:

  1. Public spaces, and
  2. Buildings.

Enhancements to accessibility in buildings will happen at a later date through Ontario's Building Code, which governs new construction and renovations in buildings.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:

  • Recreational trails/beach access routes 
  • Outdoor public eating areas like rest stops or picnic areas 
  • Outdoor play spaces, like playgrounds in provincial parks and local communities
  • Outdoor paths of travel, like sidewalks, ramps, stairs, curb ramps, rest areas and accessible pedestrian signals
  • Accessible parking (on and off street)
  • Service-related elements like service counters, fixed queuing lines and waiting areas
  • Maintenance and restoration of public spaces