The Accessibility Standard for the Design of Public Spaces: A GAATES Online Learning Course

Welcome to the course home page. Information provided on this page includes:
An Overview of the Course Content
Professional Association Partners
Professional Development Credit Information
Course Fee Information
Time Commitment Required
How to register
Course Interface and Technical Requirements

Course Overview:

This online course provides a comprehensive orientation to the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) Accessibility Standard for the Design of Public Spaces. It has been specifically developed for design professionals practicing in Ontario. On completion of the course, participants will understand the scope, application criteria and technical requirements of the Accessibility Standard for the Design of Public Spaces, as well as their professional obligations to comply with this regulation.

Course topics include:

  • Overview of the regulation
  • Definition for Public Spaces
  • Compliance obligations – who needs to comply and by when
  • Technical design requirements for the Public Spaces that are regulated including:
    • Exterior paths of travel
    • Recreation trails, beach access routes and outdoor public-use eating areas
    • Accessible parking
    • Obtaining service
    • Maintaining accessible public spaces


Professional Association Partners:

GAATES’ is pleased to offer this course in association with the following project partners:

  •   Ontario Association of Architects
  •   Ontario Association of Landscape Architects
  •   Association of Registered Interior Designer of Ontario
  •   Ontario Professional Planners Institute
  •   Association of Architectural Technologists of Ontario
  •   Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists
Logos of the Corporate Sponsors of the Design of Public Spaces Guide and Course

Professional Development Credits

On completion of this course, participants are eligible to receive 6 hours of professional development credit from their professional association/institute.

How much does it cost?

The course fee is $100, not including taxes.

How much time do I need to complete the course?

It is anticipated that the average learner will take approximately 6 hours to complete the course.

How do I register for the course?

Registration can be completed online or by mail. Details can be found in the Registration Instructions.

Download the Illustrated Registration Instructions(Illustrated PDF Document)

Download the Registration Instructions(Text Only Word Document)

Course interface and technical requirements

The course has been developed using the ATutor learning management system. Participants will login to the course through their preferred web browser and will complete all course activities online. The course incorporates all necessary reading materials and learning is evaluated through online quizzes. The online quizzes can be completed as many times as is necessary to pass. Upon the successful completion of the four course quizzes, a course completion certificate will be awarded.

Further details on logging-in and navigation is available in the Navigation Guide. Download the Navigation Guide (Illustrated PDF Document)

Ontario Wordmark web Funding for the development of this course was provided by the Government of Ontario