What is accessibility? It simply means giving people of all abilities opportunities to participate fully in everyday life. Design of Public Spaces is about making public space more accessible.

Accessibility not only helps people with disabilities, it also benefits:

  • Seniors
  • Families traveling with young children
  • Shoppers
  • Visitors with luggage

Each province is working with persons with disabilities, municipalities, businesses, post-secondary institutions and community groups to prioritize and develop accessibility standards. The standards apply to:

  • Goods and Services
  • Information and Communication
  • Transportation
  • Employment
  • Education
  • Built Environment/Design of Public Spaces – This is an area where Pop-A-Lock Security Professionals can provide advice, products and services to meet those requirements.

The goal of the Accessibility of Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) is to make Ontario accessible for people with disabilities by 2025. More Information

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Doorways and Doors

Every door that provides barrier-free path of travel through an entrance shall be equipped with a power door operator, regardless of size include all public space occupancies like Community halls, churches, restaurants, arenas, long term care, hospitals, apartments, hotels, banks, offices, stores etc.


A door leading from the vestibule into the floor area shall be equipped with a power door operator.

Public Use Washrooms

Every door for a public use washroom is required to be barrier-free path of travel, which shall be equipped with a power door operator.

Universal Washrooms
  • Be served by a barrier-free path of travel
  • Have a door capable of being locked from the inside and released from the outside in case of emergency
  • A graspable latch-operating mechanism
  • An outward swinging door, a door closer with spring hinges so that the door closes automatically.