Accessibility Requirements Info

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Urban Access Solutions aims to be a leader in providing information and options to contractors and architects across Canada now tasked with meeting accessibility requirements in new building and public space development.

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For more information on building codes and products relating to accessibility, please Contact Us.

Tactile paving – for definition, see the Wikipedia article.

What is Accessible Housing? – for definition, see the Wikipedia article.

Accessibility Resources – Canada-Wide:

Accessible Design for the Build Environment by CSA Barrier Free Design. This document contains details to the millimeter.  If you’re looking for the how, where and when on things like way-finding, handrails, manoeuvring, handles, width for accessibility, overhead hazards, height of operating controls, floor are required, slope, ramps, stairs and much, much more this PDF <link> may be a great help.

As stated, this is the document’s purpose: ‘This Standard specifies technical requirements on how to make buildings and other facilities accessible and safely usable by persons with physical, sensory, or cognitive disabilities.’

See also more information from the Canadian Standards Association (CSA),

Public Works and Government Services Canada: Frequently Asked Questions – Accessibility.

Public Works and Government Services Canada: Accessibility.

Accessible & Adaptable Housing by CMHC  – Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. Includes Accessible Design, Aging at Home and Flexhousing.

The National Building Code of Canada (NBC) 2010 addresses the design and construction of new buildings and the substantial renovation of existing buildings. It is available for purchase through NRC’s Virtual Store (printed and online formats).

The 2010 NBC is in an objective-based code format in which all requirements are linked to one or more of the following objectives: Safety, Health, Accessibility, Fire and Structural Protection of Buildings

Canada Business Network – Accessibility, by Government of Canada ‘Are you looking for talented employees? Do you want to attract more customers? Making your business accessible to persons with disabilities can help. Your business will get a reputation for being open to all. Start implementing changes now as an investment in your future — make the necessary renovations to your building, train your employees, and update your website so that it’s easy for all visitors to find what they want. Be prepared to provide your customers with the highest level of service and to provide your employees with the best work environment possible. A growing population of persons with disabilities is looking for businesses that are accessible. Let your business be one of them.’


Check out the Mount Royal University program – Canadian Specialist in Accessible Housing Design, Online. A Summary from this program:  ‘Enhance your knowledge of Canada’s housing industry through the Canadian Specialist in Accessible Housing Design certificate. This online program provides basic knowledge of factors that influence accessible housing needs, aging-in-place, design principles that support accessible design and marketing trends that influence the housing industry. This is an essential certificate for anyone associated with the housing industry or for those considering purchasing or remodeling a home. Earning Your Certificate of Completion requires 3 required courses (45 hours). You may also take individual courses of interest.'[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]