City of Toronto

Accessibility Design Guidelines

The City of Toronto is committed to creating an accessible City in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). The Accessibility Design Guidelines include best practices which can be used by all sectors to conduct accessibility audits and to plan for barrier-free development in the physical environment.

Based on the human rights principles of respect, dignity and inclusion, the Guidelines are a key component of the City's Accessibility Plan The Guidelines are also in keeping with the City's Official Plan which states, "A key city-building principle is that public buildings, parks and open spaces should be open and accessible to all members of the public." City Council approved a multi-year implementation strategy in 2005 to make City facilities accessible to persons with disabilities.

The Accessibility Guidelines are the result of the collaborative effort among community and professional experts working with City staff and Members of Council.

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