1 in 5 Canadians
aged 15 years and over
reported having one or more disabilities in 2017
publicly owned social and affordable housing
apartment buildings in Canada were barrier-free in 2020
close to 1/2
of Canadians with a physical disability
required at least one type of aid, assistive device, or accessibility feature at home in 2017
Learn how the standard for accessible design for the built environment helps improve health, independence, and quality of life for people living with disabilities.
CSA Group standards help remove barriers for people with disabilities
On a typical day, people with disabilities may have fewer options to choose from when accessing transportation services, communicating with others, or interacting with aspects of the built environment. CSA Group standards and research help ensure that everyone can participate in their communities and live to their full potential. CSA Group and our members, volunteer experts in various areas related to accessibility, work closely with Accessibility Standards Canada and other organizations representing persons with disabilities. Together, we develop standards that address accessibility needs for:
- design, construction, and renovation of homes
- design of facilities and exterior environments
- wayfinding in health care facilities
- design of self-service interactive devices, including automated banking machines
- safe transportation of people with disabilities using transit and over-the-road buses
CSA Group also hosts the registry for the Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility CertificationTM program focused on helping improve accessibility of the built environment in Canada.
The new standard CSA/ASC B652:23 provides evidence-informed guidance and best practices for the design, construction, and alteration of accessible homes for people with a range of physical, sensory, or cognitive disabilities.
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CSA Group standards, research, policy briefs, and other resources
Leverage the resources developed by CSA Group and its volunteer members. These resources provide information, guidance, best practices, and requirements to help ensure that persons living with disabilities, and individuals who may experience disabilities in the future, can fully participate in Canadian society.
A Canadian Roadmap for Accessibility Standards
The Effects of Powered Wheelchairs and Related Powered Mobility Devices on Loading and Design Requirements for B355 Platform Lifts
CSA B651: A Standard that helps ensure our built environments are accessible and inclusive
CSA Group Accessibility Standards
- CSA/ASC B651:23, Accessible design for the built environment
- CSA/ASC B651.2:22, Accessible design for self-service interactive devices including automated banking machines
- CSA/ASC B652:23, Accessible dwellings
- CSA B480-02 (R2018), Customer service standard for people with disabilities
- CAN/CSA-B659-08 (R2018), Inclusive design for an aging population
- CAN/CSA-ISO IWA 18:17 (R2022), Framework for integrated community-based life-long health and care services in aged societies
- CSA Z317.14:17 (R2022), Wayfinding for health care facilities
- CSA D435:16 (R2021), Accessible transit buses
- CSA D436:16 (R2021), Accessible over-the-road buses
- CSA Z10535.1-15 (R2021), Hoists for the transfer of disabled persons – Requirements and test methods
- CSA B355:19, Platform lifts and stair lifts for barrier-free access
- CSA Z605-16 (R2021), Mobility aid securement and occupant restraint (MASOR) systems for motor vehicles
- CSA D409-16 (R2021), Motor vehicles for the transportation of persons with physical disabilities
- B651HB-18, Accessible design for the built environment — Implementation handbook
Stay up-to-date with the latest developments at CSA Group, connect with your peers and the CSA Group team to ask questions and share your insights, or get involved in the standards development. There are many ways to stay in touch and contribute to creating a better, safer, and more sustainable world.
Canadian Survey on Disability Report, Statistics Canada, 2018
Percentage of publicly owned social and affordable housing assets that is barrier free, Infrastructure Canada
Better understanding the needs of Canadians with disabilities, Statistics Canada, 2022
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