Outdoor spaces: 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.
Standards development organization
Accessibility Standards Canada
125 Sussex Dr.
Ottawa ON K1N 1J1
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"
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
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)
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:
- remove barriers to accessibility for Canadians with disabilities
September 25, 2020