March 26, 2018
New Buildings Accessibility Regulations Effective Next Month
Amendments to the Buildings Accessibility Regulations under the Buildings Accessibility Act have been published in the Newfoundland and Labrador Gazette, and come into force on April 23, 2018. The Provincial Government announced amendments to the Buildings Accessibility Regulations and the Designated Mobility Impaired Parking Regulations in October to improve accessibility and inclusion for all persons in Newfoundland and Labrador.
The amendments to the regulations include:
- Requirement for all new buildings to have automated door operators;
- Requirement for van-sized accessible parking spaces;
- Increased percentage of parking spaces required to be accessible;
- Increased number of accessible units in an apartment complex with more than four units;
- Requirement for improved accessibility in public washrooms; 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 Appeals Tribunal also informed some of the changes.
The amendments to the Designated Mobility Impaired Parking Regulations under the Highway Traffic Act related to illegally parking in a ‘blue zone’ came into force on January 3, 2018.
“Our government is committed to safe and sustainable communities, and a key component is improving accessibility and equity. 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.”
Honourable Sherry Gambin-Walsh
Minister of Service NL
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New Fines for Illegal Blue Zone Parking Effective Today - gov.nl.ca/releases/2018/servicenl/0103n01.aspx
Amendments will Improve Accessibility and Equity for All Persons – gov.nl.ca/releases/2017/servicenl/1023n01.aspx
Designated Mobility Impaired Parking Regulations: www.assembly.nl.ca/Legislation/sr/regulations/rc961026.htm
Buildings Accessibility Regulations – www.assembly.nl.ca/Legislation/sr/regulations/rc961140.htm
Buildings Accessibility Act – www.assembly.nl.ca/Legislation/sr/statutes/b10.htm
2018 03 26 11:55 a.m.