Emergency egress: Notice of intent

This notice of intent informs the public and other standards development organizations of our intention to develop or adopt a new standard. This is to avoid duplication in the development of accessibility standards. The notice also defines the scope of the standard that we propose, and the period of time during which we invite the public to send us their comments about this standard.

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Standards development organization

Accessibility Standards Canada

Contact information


320, St-Joseph Boulevard
Suite 246
Gatineau, QC  K1A 0H3
Telephone: 1-833-854-7628

Work program

The work program includes a list of all the in-progress and completed standards at Accessibility Standards Canada. This document includes:

  • the standards Accessibility Standards Canada is currently preparing
  • the standards that Accessibility Standards Canada has published in the preceding period
  • the classification relevant to the subject matter of the standard using the International Classification for Standards, "ICS" code(s)
  • the development-stage code and start date, based on the ISO International harmonized stage codes
  • the public review comment period start and end dates
  • references to any international standards as a basis

Please refer to the document entitled "Work program – Accessibility Standards Canada"

Designation number


Standard type

Accessibility Standards Canada is seeking accreditation concurrent to the development of its first standards. Once Accessibility Standards Canada receives accreditation, we intend that this standard will be a National Standard of Canada.

Standard development activity

New standard

ICS codes

The following codes come from the International Classification for Standards document available on the International Organization for Standardization website.


13.200 – Accident and disaster control

13.220 – Protection against fire

13.230 – Explosion protection

13.320 – Alarm and warning systems

13.340 – Protective equipment

53.020 – Lifting Equipment

91.060 – Elements of buildings

91.120 – Protection of and in buildings

91.160.10 – Interior Lighting

Comment period start date

March 15th, 2021

Comment period end date

March 29th, 2021


There are common areas where persons with disabilities may face barriers related to emergency egress. These include:

  • Information and awareness, including knowledge of available accommodations in the event of an emergency
  • Lack of clear emergency egress solutions, pertaining to:
    • Visual fire alarms, proper signage, areas of refuge, accessible egress routes, evacuation plans, etc.

Project need

This standard will contribute to Accessibility Standards Canada's mandate to develop and revise accessibility standards. A standard on emergency egress will set out how federally regulated private sector organizations, the Government of Canada and federal agencies can:

  • prevent;
  • identify; and
  • remove barriers to accessibility for Canadians with disabilities

Posted on

March 15, 2021