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Municipal Accessibility Plan Consultations

As outlined in its Accessibility Policy, the City of Ottawa is committed to providing equal treatment to people with disabilities with respect to the use and benefit of City services, programs, goods, facilities and information.

In keeping with the provisions of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, the City will consult with people with disabilities on the 2020 - 2024 City of Ottawa Municipal Accessibility Plan (COMAP).

The City of Ottawa invites our community of people with disabilities, agencies that support people with disabilities, their caregivers, friends, family members and the general public to share information about the barriers faced by people with disabilities and suggestions about how to reduce those barriers.

There are three ways to participate:

  • Register to attend an in-person consultation
  • Complete the on-line survey to provide feedback - opens April 15
  • Request a toolkit to host your own consultation, without City staff present

Thank you in advance for your support!

AccessAbility Day

AccessAbility Day 2019

Service animals - Lending a helping paw

Thursday, May 30, 2019

10 am to 3 pm

Andrew S. Haydon Hall, Ottawa City Hall

110 Laurier Avenue West

Doors open at 9:30 am

Resource Fair :  9:15 am to 2 pm

Opening Ceremony : 10 to 10:30 am

Panel Presentation about service animals : 10:30 am to noon

Municipal Accessibility Plan Consultation : 1:30 to 3 pm

Register to attend AccessAbility Day 2019

To promote the inclusion of all participants, the following disability related supports are in place for the event:

  • American Sign Language and continuous real-time captioning will be provided for the morning presentations
  • FM Loop system is available
  • Personal Attendants will be on site for the entire event
  • Scent sensitive venue  

The City of Ottawa is a scent-sensitive environment. We ask those who will be attending the event please refrain from using or wearing scented product.

Accessibility Award

What is the Accessibility Award?

The City of Ottawa, in partnership with the Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC), created this award to recognize an architectural or interior design that facilitates access for persons with disabilities.

This award:

  • Promotes architectural and interior design innovations and vision in lowering barriers and enabling accessibility for all individuals
  • Recognizes significant achievement toward promoting the integration and independence of persons with disabilities, through design
  • Recognizes significant achievement toward promoting community accessibility
  • Creates awareness on the importance of designing buildings that are more easily accessible

Who is Eligible for the Award?

A person, team and/or organization in the architecture, interior design or real property field that has made a significant, innovative contribution to a building structure or design.

How is the Award Winner selected?

The Selection Committee is comprised of individuals from the Celebration of People Steering Committee and may include other invited individuals. The Selection Committee chooses the finalists for each award from amongst the nominations received. All Selection Committee deliberations will remain confidential and decisions are final.

The Accessibility by Design Award is presented at the Celebration of People event each year.

Accessibility by Design Award Winners


André Marcoux, Project Manager, Cleland Jardine Engineering
Vladimir Popovic, Architect, Popovic Routhier Architects Inc.

André Marcoux and Vladimir Popovic transformed a small 50 year old house into a fully accessible 2300 square foot home for six full time residents with developmental disabilities and high physical needs. Through strategic planning and careful consideration of the principles of Universal Design, André and Vladimir addressed the special needs unique to each resident and created a beautiful, fully functional environment to call home.


Delcan Corporation - Sylvain Montminy, Ronald Fournier and Ken Smith

Delcan Corporation was the lead consultant for the planning, design and construction of the Corktown Footbridge, winner of several design awards. Linking Centretown and Sandy Hill across the Rideau Canal, the footbridge meets the highest standards of accessibility, and includes barrier-free integration with the recreational pathways and an innovative switchback ramp. The bridge has made the Rideau Canal even more accessible to all.


Watson MacEwen Architects - Allan Teramura, Matt Siemers, Mike Sirois, Louise Meagher, Catherine Laforce

Watson MacEwen Architects and the Supreme Court of Canada collaborated to bring a new level of barrier-free accessibility to the highest court in the land. The Courtroom Modernization Project included a redesign of the lectern where counsel present to the Justices, so it can be adjusted by hydraulic lift to accommodate the needs of counsel with a disability.


Barry J. Hobin & Associates Architects

The award recognized the firm’s architectural innovation for the renovation of the Glebe Community Centre. The project preserved the unique character of the building while creating an inclusive feel to the space from the front entrance to the top floor. The design provides a single, universally accessible main entrance and with the aid of an elevator, the rationalization of floor levels, and one ramped corridor, access is now provided to all levels of the building while preserving its heritage character,”


ema Architects Inc. - Robert Matthews

Robert Matthews of ema Architects Inc. was presented with the award for architectural excellence and innovation in the design of the international ice surface and field house at the Bell Sensplex, Ottawa's first barrier-free multi-sport facility.