The amendments will come into effect on January 1, 2015. They mainly apply to newly constructed buildings and existing buildings that are to be extensively renovated. These are in addition to existing Ontario building codes.
Barrier-free path of travel: includes new requirements for power-door operators at entrances & vestibule entrances; updated door width, passing hall space, and curb ramp dimensions;
Access to all storeys within a building: this change will require elevator access to all floors within a building. Exception: Restaurants will not be required to provide access to upper floors if the same amenities are provided on all floors.
Visual fire safety devices: amendments expand the range of areas where visual fire alarms will be required. This includes the inside of all barrier-free/universal washrooms.
Washrooms: the amendments update the requirements for barrier-free/universal washrooms, including requirements for public door operators; new mounting height and location requirements for washroom accessories; new fold-down grab bar options to allow for transfer space on both sides of toilet; requirement of an L-shaped grab bar in all cases; and increasing the minimum required clear floor area.
Please note: This is not an exhaustive list of the amendments. For more information, visit:http://www.mah.gov.on.ca/Page10547.aspx.