Making Ontario's Sidewalks Safe

AODA Compliance

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities

By Law, You Must Make Public Outdoor Paths Accessible

To meet the requirement, you must:

  • meet the minimum requirements for width and head clearance
  • keep slopes of sidewalks, walkways, ramps and depressed curbs within the set limits
  • make sure the surfaces of ramps and stairs are firm, stable and slip-resistant (provide required handrails and guards to help prevent people from slipping)
  • provide clear contrast markings and tactile walking surface indicators on stairs, curb ramps and depressed curbs
  • install accessible pedestrian signals wherever new pedestrian crossing signals are installed at crosswalks or intersections
  • consult with the public and people with disabilities about including rest areas along paths (e.g., benches will allow people who have difficulties walking to stop and rest). Municipalities must also consult with their accessibility advisory committees

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