Standards to make a more accessible Sarnia

The City of Sarnia is committed to making our facilities and public spaces accessible to all members of the public. That is why the City of Sarnia is embracing the principles of “universal design:. To accomplish this, the City of Sarnia reached out to the City of Ottawa to adopt the City of Ottawa Accessibility Design Standards (ADS). These standards are best practices for municipalities to include accessible design standards for public buildings and spaces that are barrier free and inclusive to all.

ADS will be used for City of Sarnia new builds and major renovations. In addition, private sector are also encouraged to use ADS to help make their buildings and spaces at a high level of accessibility.

The City of Sarnia Standards will be used for such areas as:

  • Playgrouds
  • Bus Stops and pads
  • Curb Cuts
  • Beaches
  • Trails

When conflict arises between ADS and other municipal, provincial, or federal legislation, the requirements that will result in the most accommodating environment shall be used but never less than the minimum requirements in the current Ontario Building Code (OBC) and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) Design of Public Spaces Standard.