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45CE - New Accessibility Changes to the Building Code

09 May 2014 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

3 ConEd Learning hours

This session is also offered Friday, May 9, 214 2:00 PM - 5:30 PM

This session will outline the accessibility amendments made to the 2012 Building Code by Ontario Regulation 368/13.

These amendments will come into effect on January 1, 2015 and will have a significant impact on building design and construction in Ontario.  This session will include an in-depth review of the following revised requirements:

  • Barrier-Free Pedestrian Entrances
  • Power Door Operators
  • Barrier-Free Access to All Other Floor Areas
  • Barrier-Free Path Dimensions
  • Visitable Suites in Apartment Buildings
  • Hotels and Motels
  • Emergency Power
  • Visual Smoke Alarms
  • Visual Signal Devices for Fire Alarm and Detection Systems
  • Universal Toilet Rooms and Other Washrooms
  • Access to Pools and Spas
  • Adaptable Seating
  • Renovations

This session will focus on new requirements and participants are expected to have a basic understanding of the accessibility requirements of the current Ontario Building Code. Links to on-line resources, such as a line-by-line annotated version of the changes will be provided.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand how the accessibility amendments to the Building Code were developed;
  2. Understand the nature of the accessibility amendments;
  3. Understand how the technical changes will affect building design in Ontario;


 Alek Antoniuk, B.E.S., B. Arch., OAA

Alek Antoniuk was the Manager of the code development team that developed these accessibility amendments. Alek Antoniuk has over 34 years of experience in building code development and design and is a recognized expert in the development of construction codes in Canada.  Although he is best known for co-ordinating and managing the technical development of the 2006 and the 2012 editions of the Ontario Building Code, he played a lead role in managing the code advisory services of the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing since 1989.  He was the principal of his own architectural design practice for 5 years and the deputy chief building official for the former Borough of East York (now City of Toronto) for 5 years.  Alek Antoniuk is a member of the OAA and holds an Ontario BCIN for all OBC categories of qualifications.