Proposed amendment to the barrier-free design requirements set out in the Building Code regulation (O. Reg. 332/12) under the Building Code Act, 1992
Ontario Regulation 332/12 (Building Code)
Regulation - LGIC
Bill or Act:
Building Code Act, 1992
Summary of Decision:
On December 27, 2013, Ontario Regulation 368/13 was filed to amend the barrier-free design requirements of the 2012 Building Code, O.Reg. 332/12.
Public Consultation on the proposal for this decision was provided for from December 21, 2012 to March 1, 2013.
A decision notice was originally published on the Registry on January 31, 2014, and was re-published on February 7, 2014 to correct a technical error.
February 7, 2014
Summary of Proposal:
On December 27, 2013, Ontario Regulation 368/13 was filed to amend the new 2012 Building Code, O.Reg. 332/12.
The effective date of the amendment is January 1, 2015.
The amended requirements will substantially enhance accessibility in newly constructed buildings and existing buildings that are to be extensively renovated. They maintain Ontario's leadership role in requirements for barrier-free design.
Amended requirements cover a range of areas, including:
-Requirements for visual fire alarms to be installed in all public corridors of multi-unit residential buildings and in all multi-unit residential suites
-Requirements for all smoke alarms in all buildings, including houses, to include a visual component
-Requirements for an elevator or other barrier-free access to be provided between storeys in most buildings, with some exemptions for small residential and business occupancy buildings
-Requirements for power door operators to be provided at entrances to a wider range of buildings, and at entrances to barrier-free washrooms and common rooms in multi-unit residential buildings
-Updated requirements for barrier-free washrooms and universal washrooms
-Requirements for barrier-free access to public pools and spas
-Updated requirements for accessible and adaptable seating spaces in public assembly buildings such as theatres, lecture halls and places of worship
For more information on the new requirements, please visit the Building Code website at www.ontario.ca/buildingcode.
In 2005, the government committed to the development of five accessibility standards under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. These amendments to the Building Code work together with the Design of Public Spaces standard, introduced in 2013, to finalize the government?s commitment to an accessibility standard for the built environment.
Five accessibility standards are already in regulation under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act: Customer Service, Information and Communications, Employment, Transportation, and Design of Public Spaces. For more information on Accessibility Standards, please visit
Elisheva Bouskila Fox, Policy Advisor
Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Building and Development Branch
777 Bay St
January 1, 2015