Accessibility Requirements

If you are submitting an application to improve accessibility, this information will be helpful.

"One of our granting principles is respect for diversity and inclusion. It is with this in mind that we promote the principles of Universal Design: "The design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design." - The Center for Universal Design.

Envision yourself as the person with a disability. How are you arriving at your location? How are you entering your building? Are there washroom facilities appropriate for your use? In your application, explain the existing and expected results from the proposed modifications. This could be in the form of a line drawing or a written description. Explain your intent to address any access issues which cannot be completed at this time.

Accessibility Checklist
Planning For Accessibility: 10 Key Points

Information about disabilities

A disability is any restriction or incapacity that prevents one from doing something. A disability can be visible or invisible, for example:

  • Mobility - People requiring the use of a mobility device (wheelchair or scooter), an assistive device (cane/crutch or walker) or persons of short stature.
  • Sensory - People experiencing deficits in sight, hearing or smell.
  • Coordination - People with multiple sclerosis, arthritis or pregnant women.
  • Strength and endurance - People with heart conditions or breathing difficulties.
  • Cognitive - People who experience memory loss or have an intellectual disability.

Ontario Building Code Section 3.8 Barrier-Free Design

  • This section addresses the current standards for accessibility as enforced by your local building inspector. All projects pertaining to increasing barrier-free access must ensure that they adhere to these codes or higher standards like the Canadian Standards Association CSA B651-04 'Accessible design for the built environment'.
  • Your application must include indication either from you or your contractor/supplier that a building permit will be obtained and that the design or product meets this section of the building code.
  • You can find information at Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, at the library or discuss your proposal with the local municipal office (buildings inspections department) or a qualified engineer, architect or technologist.

Your Grant Application


  • Estimates from two different contractors/suppliers are required Please attach them to your application.
  • The estimates should have as much detail as possible, identifying the type of fixtures, equipment or method of construction. For example: lever handles, automatic door operators, broom-finished concrete, equipment specifications.


  • Photographs are required of all areas of the building. They are an important tool for assessing the existing site conditions for those who cannot actually review the location first hand.
  • There should be photographs of all areas proposed for construction. If the facility has any existing barrier-free amenities, please include photographs of these areas.
  • Always include a picture showing the entire main entrance to the building.

Line Drawings

  • Line drawings are required to support applications for accessibility funding. (Professional architectural drawings are not necessary, but are always preferred.)
  • The drawings or sketches must include overall building floor plans and all relevant dimensions and details of the proposed modification. For example, details such as room dimensions, door size and swing, equipment and fixture locations, construction materials, automatic door push-pad locations, etc.
  • Bathroom modifications must indicate the location of grab bars, fixture locations, hardware, the 5' turning radius and include elevations where relevant.
  • Ramp designs must include all dimensions, the slope, type of construction and the elevation change. An elevation view that includes all the information may be necessary.
  • Lift, elevating or elevator drawings must include size of area for approach and exit, door information (size, automatic/manual, if applicable), control locations and elevation information, manufacturer, product type and specifications must be noted on the drawings or included with the estimate. (Examples of types of equipment: wheelchair lift, elevator and platform lift.)

Sample line drawings