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Accessibility Design Beyond the Building Codes

Time 11 AM – 12:30 PM

Webinar Description

The Ontario Government has set a goal of making the Province fully accessible to people with disabilities by 2025. And recently, the Minister for Seniors and Accessibility announced that the Government of Ontario is investing $1.3 million, over two years through a new partnership, to remove accessibility barriers in the built environment. The session will walk attendees through the Government of Ontario’s action plan and delve deeper into the barrier-free design requirements in the building codes to assess if its application alone is enough to reach the government’s ambitious goals. The session will further introduce supplementary design tools, such as the Rich Hansen Accessibility Certificate Program, that can be used to better serve clients and improve accessibility. The session will conclude with case studies and best practices that exceed/enhance the codes, as well as demonstrate how accessibility can be successfully achieved through the implementation of additional tools. 

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify how the Government of Ontario is taking action to remove barriers for people with disabilities.

  2. Assess the limitations of the barrier-free design requirements in the Ontario Building Code (OBC), National Building Code of Canada (NBCA), and the Integrated Accessibility Standards (IAS).

  3. Discover other barrier-free supplementary design tools, such as the Rick Hansen Accessibility Certificate Program, that can better serve the client and improve the built environment.

  4. Reinforce the notion that as designers of the built environment, it is our duty to design for the entire population, always with accessibility in mind.



Stanis Smith has lent his vision and expertise to designing projects around the world in the airport, educational and entertainment market sectors, and as an architect is committed to designing accessible spaces that can be enjoyed, appreciated, and utilized by everyone.    He is a passionate advocate for sustainability and accessibility, and has spoken on those and other topics at many international conferences. He is a Fellow of the RAIC.

Stanis’s career highlights include being the CEO of Architectura, one of Canada’s leading architectural firms, and being an Executive Vice President at Stantec, a 22,000-person global design firm.   While at Stantec he provided the vision and leadership that enabled the firm’s Building Design Group and the firm’s Airport Group to grow in stature and reputation, both of which are now ranked amongst the top ten globally.   He recently left Stantec to become an independent architect and consultant.

Stanis chairs the Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Committee (RHFAC) that is tasked with advising the Foundation on the scope and reach of the RHFAC program.   In addition, Stanis is a Board member of the Rick Hansen Foundation and of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

Registration Fee

OAA Architect, LTOAA $39 + HST
OAA Interns $29 + HST
Non-Members: $59 + HST  

To register, click here. 

** Registration will be closed on December 2 at 11:59 PM. **

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The webinar will take place via Zoom and the OAA will email the Zoom Access Link to you 1-day prior.

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