Outdoor spaces: Notice of intent

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.


  • 11.180.01: Aids for disabled and handicapped persons in general
  • 11.180.30: Aids for blind or partially sighted people (including braille)
  • 11.180.99: Other standards related to aids for disabled and handicapped people
  • 91.020: Physical planning. Town Planning
  • 03.200.01: Leisure and tourism in general (including outdoor events management, tourist information offices, tourism services, hotels)

Comment period start date

October 1, 2020

Comment period end date

October 16, 2020


The standard on outdoor spaces will apply to private and public sector organizations in the federally regulated sector. It will encourage organisations to consider areas such as:

  • Recreational trails
  • Beach access routes
  • Outdoor public use eating areas
  • Exterior paths of travel (for example, sidewalks, walkways)
  • Accessible parking
  • Obtaining services (for example, service counters)

Project need

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

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

Posted on

September 25, 2020