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New Accessibility Changes to the Building Code (Toronto)


01 October 2015
Location: Toronto
Provider: Ontario Association of Architects

New Accessibility Changes to the Building Code:

Accessibility is now an integral aspect of socially responsible built environments. This seminar will explore the onset of accessibility regulations that improve an acceptable baseline in Ontario. The speakers will provide attendees with an understanding of the AODA Design of Public Spaces Standard and the changes to the OBC-Section 3.8, Barrier-Free Design requirements. The new legislative changes enhance minimum levels of accessibility for new construction and existing properties that are to be extensively renovated.

This session will include an in-depth review of the following revised requirements:

  • Barrier-Free Pedestrian Entrances
  • Power Door Operators
  • Barrier-Free Access to All Other Floor Areas
  • Barrier-Free Path Dimensions
  • Visitable Suites in Apartment Buildings
  • Hotels and Motels
  • Emergency Power
  • Visual Smoke Alarms
  • Visual Signal Devices for Fire Alarm and Detection Systems
  • Universal Toilet Rooms and Other Washrooms
  • Access to Pools and Spas
  • Adaptable Seating
  • Renovations

This session will focus on new requirements and participants are expected to have a basic understanding of the accessibility requirements of the current Ontario Building Code. Links to on-line resources, such as a line-by-line annotated version of the changes will be provided.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how the accessibility amendments to the Building Code were developed;
  • Understand the nature of the accessibility amendments;
  • Understand how the technical changes will affect building design in Ontario;


Susan Ruptash is a principal of Quadrangle Architects and is the firm’s resident expert in universal design and eco-friendly design. She has served as the project architect for many of Quadrangle’s major institutional projects using her special interest in accessibility to help create positive environments for seniors and persons with disabilities. Susan is also a Director of AccessAbility Advantage, a joint venture between Quadrangle Architects and March of Dimes Canada, assisting businesses to comply with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. 

Lorene Casiez - BScN, MN, BDes. Lorene’s passion for Universal Design has grown from her background in health care. She strives to develop the built environment to facilitate the physical and social dimensions of health. She strongly believes that the principles of Universal Design provide the basic foundation of good design for all. Lorene’s experience includes accessibility audits, development of municipal accessibility design guidelines, drawing reviews, user evaluations and group facilitation.


BMO Institute for Learning
Room 105
3550 Pharmacy Avenue, Toronto, ON M1W 3Z3


Session runs from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM
7:45 AM - breakfast
10:00 AM to 10:30 AM - coffee break


Registration Fee

OAA members - $190 + HST
Non-members - $228 + HST

NON-OAA MEMBER: If you are a member of the Ontario Building Officials Association, refer to the PDF below to register.

OBOA Registration Form - New Accessiblity to the Builiding Code - Toronto - 2015 Oct 01 PDF

For more information, please contact:

Continuing Education Department
P: 416-449-6898 ext 237