Apr 13

Ontario BIA Association (OBIAA) Announces New “Accessibility on Main Street” Project

Ontario’s Main Street Public Spaces to Become More Accessible for Everyone.

Collingwood, ON— The Ontario Business Improvement Area Association announced today that it will work with BIAs to improve the accessibility of main streets throughout the province. The year-long Accessibility onMain Street Project, funded in part by the Government of Ontario’s EnAbling Change Program, commenced on April 1st.

The Accessibility onMain Street Project aims to identify the built environment accessibility challenges experienced by OBIAA’s 300 BIAs and their more than 60,000 business members and to offer a range of possible solutions.

This project will:

  • Clarify the obligations of businesses and BIAs under the AODA’s Accessibility Standard for the Design of Public Spaces (DOPS);
  • Identify the ways in which businesses and BIAs can influence the accessibility of their public spaces;
  • Showcase real examples of how businesses in Ontario and elsewhere have made their built environments more accessible to their communities and customers;
  • Identify invisible barriers businesses customers may be experiencing and how to reduce/remove/prevent them.

The project will be guided by an Advisory Committee and will involve a survey of the accessibility challenges and opportunities for second floor businesses; focus group meetings on how to increase the accessibility of main street public spaces; the creation of an Accessible Main Street Handbook; and webinars to disseminate the information gathered.

Would you like to join the Advisory Committee:  Apply today – Advisory Committee Application Form 

Advisory-Committee-Terms-of-Reference 2018-9

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