Wednesday, 5 April 2017

City of Ottawa Accessibility Spotlight (April 2017)

Consultation session invitation - 2018 capital projects 

The City of Ottawa invites you to attend a consultation session on capital projects for 2018, specifically on exterior paths of travel (rest areas), on-street parking spaces, outdoor play spaces and recreational trails.

Consultation for the majority of capital projects scheduled for 2017 took place in a similar fashion last year. However, there is still an opportunity to provide feedback on some projects including road resurfacing and parks projects.

Date: Tuesday April 11, 2017
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, Andrew Haydon Hall (Council Chambers)

Background Information

The City of Ottawa has a legislated responsibility through the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act'(AODA) - Integrated Accessibility Standards (IASR) to consult with the public, persons with disabilities, and the municipal Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC). Consultation is required when constructing new or redeveloping:
  1. Exterior paths of travel (rest areas)
  2. On-street parking spaces
  3. Outdoor Play Spaces
  4. Recreation Trails

The City is committed to ensuring that all City owned and operated spaces and facilities are inclusive and accessible to everyone and applies the Accessibility Design Standards to both new construction and major rehabilitation projects.

The City encourages public involvement in the planning and implementation of projects. This consultation session, specifically on exterior paths of travel (rest areas) and on-street parking space aligns with the legislative process. The City is seeking your input on these projects and the consultation process.  A list of projects, along with more context will be given at the consultation session.

Public consultation and information sharing is critical to the success of building a better Ottawa.

Accessibility is an important consideration for the City of Ottawa. If you require disability-related accommodation for this meeting, please contact AMB Inquiries.

The City of Ottawa is looking forward to your participation on April 11, 2017.

Save the date!

AccessAbility Day 2017
Thursday, June 1
Ottawa City Hall
110 Laurier Avenue West

The Mayor and City Manager invite residents of all abilities to attend our 14th annual AccessAbility Day.

Please mark your calendars and stay tuned for more information and registration details on

Accessibility During Construction

Construction season is quickly approaching and the City wants you to know that mobility through construction sites is important to us.

The City of Ottawa's  Accessibility Design Standards has a section dedicated to Accessibility during Construction.  Section 2.11 applies to pedestrians affected by construction of new or redevelopment of existing City-owned or leased buildings, infrastructure and elements. This includes construction within the right-of-way as well as City of Ottawa buildings, parks, pathways and other public spaces. Pedestrians include residents, employees and visitors.

Accessibility during Construction ensures the provision of a safe and accessible path of travel for all pedestrians through and/or around the construction site. It ensures that pedestrians with disabilities, as well as those with increased mobility needs (parents with strollers and/or young children, pedestrians using canes, walkers, or wheelchairs, etc.), will be accommodated either through or around the construction site.

This means that construction areas must maintain:
  • sidewalk facilities for as long as possible;
  • a minimum 1.5m wide pedestrian facility shall be provided along at least one side of the corridor at all times. The facility shall include a free and unobstructed hard surfaced pedestrian surface acceptable for use by all pedestrians, including those with disabilities, and shall include pedestrian access to all buildings and street crossings;
  • in a clean and good state of repair through or around the construction site at all times. The 1.5m width shall not be reduced by protruding objects. If overhead works are required a 2.1m clear headroom shall be provided along the entire 1.5m width; and,
  • any change of level which is over 13mm height must be provided with a smooth, non-tripping transition.  

Remember, you can request accessible formats of City public documents and we welcome your disability-related feedback on the accessibility of our services, programs and facilities through the following channels:

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