Oakville Universal Design Standards

The Town of Oakville is committed to providing accessible facilities, programs and services and to be the most livable town in Canada. The Oakville Universal Design Standards (OUDS) was developed to help staff realize this commitment and provides an innovative and detailed approach for the design of barrier free and accessible facilities. A made-for Oakville standard, it replaces the town’s previous Oakville Universal Design Standard Version 1.0 and 2.0 with a new and updated OUDS Version 2.1. This is the electronic update, supersedes the previous editions. This edition of the standard has been updated for the Ontario Building Code 2020 changes and administration.

The OUDS is aligned with the Town of Oakville’s Multi-Year Accessibility Plan for the Design of Public Spaces and Procurement Policy By-law. When procuring or acquiring goods, services or facilities, accessible design, criteria and features will be considered in addition to all other legislation and applicable code.

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), 2005, Ontario Regulation 191/11 Integrated Accessibility Standards, Part IV.1 Design of Public Spaces Standards (DOPS) and Ontario Building Code (OBC) regulates the minimum accessibility features within building and on a site. The OUDS often go above the minimum requirements of the OBC and the AODA DOPS creating town facilities which are inclusive and user-friendly for residents and visitors of all abilities. This procedure reflects the requirements of the OUDS, where applicable. 

Please review the Oakville Universal Design Standards Version 2.1 (pdf).