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New Accessibility Changes to the Building Code (Waterloo)


15 October 2015
Location: Waterloo
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;


Jesse Klimitz is the business development manager at Quadrangle, a licensed architect with the Ontario Association of Architects and an accessibility advisor to the AccessAbility Advantage team. He brings several layers of expertise to support the team including proposal development, market analysis, strategic campaigns, design consulting, project management and corporate training. He integrates his passion for universal design into built environment projects, industry awareness and client relations.

Kasia Pazik. With over 6 years’ consulting experience in the accessibility field, Kasia joins AccessAbility Advantage with the unique blend of experience as an architectural technologist and accessibility specialist. Her multi-disciplinary and adaptive nature is reflected in her abilities to deliver consistently exceptional work across a multitude of markets including, institutional, healthcare, long term care and residential sectors for both public and private clients. Kasia also brings additional accessibility audit experience to the growing AccessAbility Advantage team.


Waterloo Knox Presbyterian Church
50 Erb St. W, Waterloo, ON N2L 1T1


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 - Waterloo - 2015 Oct 15 PDF

For more information, please contact:

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