City of Toronto's Accessible Design Guidelines

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City of Toronto




The Project

Human Space has been working with the City of Toronto over the course of seven years to create an update to their Accessible Design Guidelines, the last version of which was published in 2004. The guidelines will apply to all renovations and replacements for City facilities and public spaces, regardless of their size or scope. These updated guidelines will meet and exceed requirements already set out by the Ontario Building Code (OBC) and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), providing improved design requirements, and / or establishing guidelines that had not been fully covered in the past.

The updated Toronto Accessibility Design Guidelines (TADG) will establish best practices for accessible development based on principles of respect, dignity and inclusion. TADG will include improved guidelines for accessible parking, service counters, signage and wayfinding, washrooms, and other updated requirements covered within several key categories: exterior, interior, systems and controls and maintenance. The project team worked with more than a dozen agencies who provided input and feedback that guided new requirements, including the CNIB, Pegasus, Nucleus Independent Living and Silent Voice Canada.

Intended to be a living document, TADG will be reviewed at critical intervals and updated to create the best possible guidelines for accessibility as the opportunities and design considerations for diversity, inclusion and equity in the built environment evolve.

The next Public Consultation session is set for 9 September 2021 and Human Space looks forward to learning and integrating your feedback. Learn more here:

Find the draft document here: Toronto Accessibility Design Guidelines.

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