Built Environment Standard
The Built Environment aspect of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act will be achieved through two mechanisms: the Design of Public Spaces Standard (within the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulations) and through amending the Ontario Building Code. The Design of Public Spaces Standard applies to public spaces, like outdoor eating areas and accessible parking, whereas the amendments to the building code cover the elements of buildings. In both cases, the changes apply only to new or extensively renovated buildings, with some exceptions. The Design of Public Spaces Standard came into effect for universities and other designated public sector organizations 1 January 2016, whilst the building code amendments came into effect 1 January 2015.
Some useful links can be found below:
- Design of Public Spaces Standard (O. Reg. 191/11 amended by O. Reg. 413/12)
- Ontario Building Code Amendments
It is within the Institutional Perspective of the University of Toronto, that in all new construction, the University’s Barrier Free Design Standards will be implemented. While this is also the University’s intention for renovations to existing buildings, given the constraints of the existing structural conditions, especially within heritage buildings, comparable alternative arrangements are identified in order to assist in accommodation.
- Illustrated Technical Guide to the Accessibility Standard Design of Public Spaces Standard, Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments
The University of Toronto is committed to providing the safest possible environment for faculty, staff, students and visitors.
When a fire alarm sounds, it is mandatory that all University buildings be evacuated. Please refer to the Fire Emergency Procedures for Mobility-Impaired Persons.
Building Access Notices
The Building Access Notices website developed in partnership with the Office of the Vice-President, University Operations is now available for use at the St. George campus. Users can access information regarding temporary disruptions to buildings’ features that they may be reliant upon. These include ramps, elevators and push buttom doors. Please access and sign up for notices at our Building Access Notices website.
If you notice that any of these features are non-operational, please contact the relevant property manager for that building.
Visiting our campuses?
The University of Toronto is dedicated to providing designated accessible parking spaces located at various points throughout the St. George (downtown), Mississauga, and Scarborough campuses. For more information about accessibility and barrier free parking on our campuses, please select the appropriate resources below:
- Barrier Free Parking at University of Toronto St. George (downtown)
- Barrier Free Parking at University of Toronto Mississauga
- Accessible Parking at University of Toronto Scarborough
If you are visiting the University of Toronto St. George (downtown) campus, more information about accessible buildings and services can be found at map.utoronto.ca (also linked below). A Building Access Notices webpage is also available for St. George campus.