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AllAccess – Creating Accessible Public Space is a new program dedicated to making Ontario’s public spaces more accessible for everyone.
The program is helping designers, planners, municipalities, property owners and others involved in the design and development of public spaces to better understand and implement the Design of Public Spaces Standards (DOPS), the design requirements of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).
Communication & Awareness
Complete communities contain public spaces that can be enjoyed by all. These spaces contribute social and economic vitality, creating a shared resource that contributes to everyday life. But for the 1.85 million Ontarians with disabilities, these spaces can be exclusionary. Barriers to access render what should be a civic space difficult, or even impossible, to use.
To address these barriers, the Ontario Government introduced The Design of Public Spaces Standards (DOPS), which forms part of the Ontario Regulation 191/11 Integrated Accessibility Standards. This legislation regulates the design of newly constructed or redeveloped spaces used by the public, promising a more inclusive civic environment. Putting this legislation into practice is essential for ensuring our public spaces are inclusive to all and providing a high-quality of life for all Ontarians, now and in the future.
How you can get involved
Join the Network
Attend a Workshop
Three Participatory Learning Workshops will take place over the next few months. The workshops will explore inclusive design strategies for the public realm and will analyze the application of DOPS in a real-world setting.
Take the Survey
The AllAccess Survey will help us gauge awareness and assess current knowledge and use of DOPS. Professionals involved in the planning, design and development of public spaces are encouraged to participate in the survey.