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 and facilities in a manner that respects their dignity and that is equitable in relation to the broader public.
The City developed Accessibility Design Standards to ensure that all City owned and operated spaces and facilities are inclusive and accessible to everyone. This commitment extends to residents, visitors and employees with visible or non-visible disabilities.
The Accessibility Design Standards – Second Edition, November 2015 [ PDF - 6875 KB ] are mandatory and apply to both new construction and rehabilitation projects. The title pages, table of contents, and Section 1 of this document are available in both English and French. Due to its technical nature, the remainder of the document is available in English only.
In September 2020, the City issued a Technical Bulletin ISTB-2020-03 that incorporates a new Appendix 7.8 to the Accessibility Design Standards. The appendix provides interim guidance and direction on the design and installation of accessibility measures where a cycle track or multi-use pathway approaches an intersection. The interim solutions outlined in this appendix are to be followed until further standards are developed by the City.
For more information on the Accessibility Design Standards, please contact StandardsSection@ottawa.ca.