Amendments will Improve Accessibility and Equity for All Persons

The Provincial Government is amending the Buildings Accessibility Regulations and the Designated Mobility Impaired Parking Regulations to improve accessibility and equity for all persons in Newfoundland and Labrador.

The amendments represent the first step in government’s two-phased approach to addressing issues around buildings accessibility. The second phase will be a review of the Buildings Accessibility Act.

The amendments to the regulations include:

  • Requirement for new and renovated buildings to have power door operators;

  • Fines increased to $400-$700 for illegally parking in a blue zone;

  • Requirement for van-sized accessible parking spaces;

  • Increased percentage of parking spaces required to be accessible;

  • Increased number of accessible units in an apartment complex with more than four units;

  • Requirements for improved accessibility in public washrooms; and

  • Clarification of counter height requirements to ensure counters in public buildings are accessible.

These amendments will bring Newfoundland and Labrador into compliance with the National Building Code of Canada (NBCC) and the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) B651 code for barrier-free design. On a go-forward basis, changes in national codes will be adopted automatically six months after they have been modified.