The Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Group has announced the harmonization of its accessibility standard with the Canadian National Building Code (NBC). The inclusion of its accessibility standard in the NBC represents a milestone in the journey toward a consistently accessibly designed Canada. By 2020, the CSA standards should be the sole source for accessibility design requirements in Canada.
CSA’s accessibility standard, CSA B651-12 Accessible Design for the Built Environment, has been around for over 25 years and is currently in its fourth edition. It takes into account a range of physical, sensory, and cognitive disabilities and is applicable to a variety of buildings and public spaces. Creating accessible spaces is easier when clear and consistent expectations are in place.