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AllAccess for Ontario

Provincial policies and objectives support the achievement of complete communities. The Growth Plan defines complete communities as mixed-use neighbourhoods or other areas within cities, towns, and settlement areas that offer and support opportunities for all ages and abilities to conveniently access most of the necessities for daily living. Within our communities there are public spaces that must be designed for people of all ages and abilities, including the 1.85 million Ontarians with disabilities.

In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), AllAccess is a brand new program being launched with the intent of making public spaces within Ontario more accessible for all. The Design of Public Spaces Standards (DOPS) was established in 2014 as part of the Ontario Regulation 191/11 Integrated Accessibility Standards. The DOPS regulates the design of new or redeveloped spaces by removing barriers in public spaces and buildings to ensure a more inclusive environment and high quality of life for all.

Furthermore, AllAccess is a program to help designers, planners, municipalities, property owners and others involved in the activities and process of design and development for public spaces to better understand and implement the Design of Public Spaces Standards (DOPS)

3 pillars have been identified for the program at this time, including: 1. Research, 2. Communication & Awareness, and 3. Participatory Learning.

Additional information can be found here:

http://allaccesspublicspace.ca/

https://www.ontario.ca/page/how-make-public-spaces-accessible

https://twitter.com/AllAccessON