Design of Public Space Standard Coming into Force on January 1, 2018 for Small Employers

On January 1, 2018, the design of public space standards under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (“AODA”) comes into force for private organizations with one to 49 employees (small organizations). As previously reported, for private organizations with 50 employees or more, these requirements came into effect on January 1, 2017.

Small organizations who are constructing or redeveloping public spaces on or after January 1, 2018, must meet a number of design requirements for the following structures and areas:

  • Recreational trails
  • Beach access routes
  • Boardwalks
  • Ramps
  • Outdoor public use eating areas
  • Outdoor play spaces
  • Exterior paths of travel
  • Accessible parking spaces
  • Access aisles
  • Signage
  • Service counters
  • Waiting areas

However, if your organization has entered into a contract to construct or redevelop any public space on or before December 31, 2012, you are not required to meet the design standards of the AODA in honouring the existing construction or redevelopment contract.