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.