Ottawa Courthouse gets Accessible-Friendly Upgrade

Human Rights

Human Rights

It will be easier for people with physical challenges to get around in the Ottawa courthouse, with changes the Ontario government is making.

These changes come in part as a response to a number of recommendations made by the Civil Justice Reform Project, led by former Associate Chief Justice Coulter Osborne. Since 2009, courthouse accessibility co-ordinators across Ontario have been helping to arrange accommodations for users with disabilities.

These include sign language interpretation, real-time captioning, and assistive listening devices.

Simple, accessible and bilingual signage in Ottawa augments other improvements, including:

    • Consistent, easy-to-understand terms
    • A barrier-free main entrance
    • Lower service counters for people using wheelchairs or scooters
    • Pictograms to illustrate instructions
    • Braille and tactile signage for the visually impaired
    • Standard design with similar fonts, colours, materials and placement of words

New, accessible and bilingual signs have also been installed at courthouses in Barrie, Kenora, and Toronto.

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