Human Space completed an update to the Guidelines for Barrier-Free Design of Ontario Government Facilities.
The existing Guidelines were developed as a system of three levels:
- Level 1 requirements reflect the technical requirements;
- Level 2 provides a menu of accessibility improvements for consideration where practical, and where project budgets allow; and
- Level 3 defines a more optimal level of accessibility, above and beyond the minimum requirements of Levels 1 and 2, generally resulting in additional costs.
Recognizing the three-level system, Human Space reviewed and provided better practice recommendations to the Guidelines’ existing text, diagrams, and graphic layout. Human Space updated the Guidelines to reflect the approved recommendations. The final version was released to be usable with assistive technologies, such as screen readers.
These Guidelines will be used to inform Infrastructure Ontario, all Government of Ontario Ministries, and their third-party service providers regarding the minimum general considerations for accessible design in Government of Ontario-owned and operated facilities.