Service NL
April 25, 2018

The following statement was given today in the House of Assembly by the Honourable Sherry Gambin-Walsh, Minister of Service NL

Buildings Accessibility Regulations in Effect

Mr. Speaker, our government is committed to safe and sustainable communities, and a key component is improving accessibility and equity. I rise today to remind the people of our province that the amendments to the Buildings Accessibility Regulations under the Buildings Accessibility Act came into force on April 23.

The amendments include a number of changes related to the requirements for all new buildings to have automated door operators; improved accessibility in public washrooms; van-sized accessible parking spaces; an increased percentage of parking spaces required to be accessible; increased number of accessible units in an apartment complex with more than four units; and clarification of counter height requirements to ensure counters in public buildings are accessible.

The amendments were the result of recommendations brought forward by the Buildings Accessibility Advisory Board, Provincial Advisory Council for the Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities, disability community organizations, Engineering and Inspection Services Division of Service NL, and individual advocates. The outcome of decisions of the Buildings Accessibility Appeal Tribunal also informed some of the changes.

Mr. Speaker, we are working to create environments that promote greater participation in our communities, employment opportunities and public services. A comprehensive review of the Buildings Accessibility Act is also underway with a view of bringing proposed legislative changes forward that further promote inclusion.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

2018 04 25                              2:25 p.m.