On January 1, 2012 all restaurants, hotels, motels and tourism establishments are legally required to comply with the Accessible Customer Service Standard.
The Building Code requires barrier-free washrooms to be provided in public areas of most buildings. These washrooms must be situated on a barrier-free path of travel and are subject to a number of requirements addressing turning space, doorway widths, grab bars, counter heights and signage, among others. The Building Code also sets requirements related to barrier-free showers and bathtubs.
New amendments update these requirements in a number of ways. Key changes include:
• Requirements for power door operators at the entrance door to all barrier-free and universal washrooms
• Amended mounting height and location requirements for washroom accessories such as towel dispensers and hand dryers
• New fold-down grab bar design options to allow for transfer space on both sides of the water closet
• Requiring an L-shaped grab bar in all cases and removing the option to provide a diagonal grab bar
• Increased minimum clear floor area in barrier-free washroom stalls required to allow for turning space
At least one universal toilet room would also be required in all buildings, and, for multi-storey buildings, at least one for every three floors. Space for an adult change table will have to be provided in all universal toilet rooms except in buildings under 300 square metres in building area.
Please ensure you connect with your local building department to check the rules of your municipality, as they have the authority to change the above (which is the minimum) required under the Act.
Blind Persons' Rights Act
The Blind Persons' Rights Act, outlines the regulations and requirements under the Act. The Act can be found here.