Increasing the Accessibility of Ontario’s
Public Spaces & Main Streets

Welcome to Accessibility

Since 2014, OBIAA has worked with the Province of Ontario to help our BIAs and their Business Members understand and comply with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As we continue to champion accessibility for our BIAs and their members, OBIAA is very pleased to announce this newest initiative.

“Accessibility on Main Street” is a year-long project that began in April 2018 and focuses on increasing the accessibility of Ontario’s public spaces and main streets. This project is being guided by an Advisory Committee made up of BIAs, Municipal Accessibility Staff, individuals with disabilities, and business owners.

OBIAA will continue to celebrate success stories and best practices across the province, share resources, and collaborate on making a better Ontario to live, work, and play! You can view the Accessibility on Mainstreet Project News Release here!

View from the Testle Bridge

AllAccess – Creating Accessible Public Spaces

Ontario’s Design of Public Spaces Standard (DoPS) was created to make it easier for everyone – people with disabilities, seniors and families – to use public spaces. CUI teamed up with Human Space (a consulting division of Quadrangle) to launch a program that would gauge awareness and understanding of DoPS while also identifying barriers to and best practices for effective implementation. As part of this initiative, we have released the AllAccess Toolkit to support practitioners in the design of accessible public spaces. You can now strengthen your awareness of accessibility needs and understanding of DoPS with this easy to use collection of resources.