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Pop-A-Lock Canada is taking strides to provide information and solutions to all business owners and organizations responsible for being in compliance with the AODA (Accessibility of Ontarian's Disability Act). 
What is accessibility ? It simple means giving people of all abilities opportunities to participate fully in everyday life.  It is estimated that 1 in 7 people in Ontario has a disability. That represents about 1.65 mm Ontarians.  That will grow to 1 in 5 by 2036.  The AODA includes accessibility standards that are being phased in over time:
  • Customer Service is about understanding that people with disabilities have different needs and taking steps to serve them.
  • Employment is about making hiring and employee support practices more accessible.
  • Information and Communications is about helping people with disabilities access information and communications such as forms, documents and websites.
  • Transportation is about making it easier for everyone to travel in Ontario.
  • Design of Public Spaces is about making public space more accessible.
For Pop-A-Lock, we are committed to providing products and services that meet the following requirments:
 
Providing Barrier-Free entrances 3.8.1.2.  According to the Ontario Building Code, there are a minimum of pedestrian entrances required to be Barrier-Free
  • 1 to 3 entrances require at least 1 to be Barrier-Free
  • 4 or 5 entrances require at least 2 to be Barrier-Free
  • More than 5+, require not less than 50 %
More specifically to Doorways and Doors 3.8.3.3
(1) Every doorway that is located in a barrier-free path of travel shall have a clear width of not less than 860 mm (33.85 inches) with the door in the open position
(3) Door opening devices that are the only means of operation shall be designed to be operable using a closed fist
(4) Every door that provides a barrier-free path of travel through a barrier-free entrance shall be equipped with a power door operator, regardless of size of space.
(5) Where a barrier-free entrance incorporates a vestibule, a door leading from the vestibule into the floor area shall be equipped with a power door operator.
(6) A door shall be equipped with a power door operator where the door serves a washroom for public use required to be barrier-free
 
If you or your organization needs help with interpreting the local building codes impacted by accessibility requirements or needs installation of hardware, call Pop-A-Lock.  You can find a local locksmith location at popalock.ca
 
Source: OBC - Ontario Building Code 2012.  AODA.