Ontario Government Enacts New Accessibility Regulations Setting Standards for Accessibility of Public Spaces

A new accessibility standard has been enacted under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. In December 2012, the Ontario Government enacted the Public Spaces Accessibility Regulation. It establishes requirements for identifying removing and preventing barriers, principally physical and information barriers, in such public spaces as newly constructed or significantly renovated sidewalks, public recreational trails, public playgrounds public parking lots and public seating areas.