Community Conversations That Matter


Creating Accessible Public Spaces and Main Streets

You are invited to a FREE Accessibility Workshop!

Our main streets have a variety of accessibility barriers that prevent customers and community members with disabilities from accessing all the spaces they need and want. Accessibility Services Canada and the Ontario BIA Association (OBIAA) are hosting community conversations around the province to identify main street and public space accessibility barriers and solutions.

These forums will inform the development of a new handbook that aims to assist BIAs, businesses, property owners and local governments to tackle these built environment accessibility barriers together. Common main street and public space barriers will be identified and practical and applied solutions offered.

Who should attend these sessions? 

  • Local and neighbouring BIA board members and staff
  • Business and Property owners
  • Community members with various accessibility needs
  • Municipal staff and Councillors
  • Accessibility Advisory Committee members
  • Staff and clients of disability organizations
  • Other accessibility advocates.  

Event Locations:

Toronto:  September 20, 2018 at 12:00-3:00pm

St. ThomasOctober 30, 2018 at 5:00-8:00pm

Hamilton: November 19, 2018 at 5:30-8:30pm

HuntsvilleNovember 21,2018 at 11:30am-2:00pm


Accessibility Services Canada has been working with the Ontario BIA Association (OBIAA) since 2012 to help BIAs and their 60,000 business members become more accessible. “Accessibility on Main Street” is the third year-long project that Accessibility Services Canada has designed and delivered for OBIAA, with funding from the government’s EnAbling Change Program.