The OBOA partners with the Ministry of Seniors and Accessibility to develop and deliver accessibility training for building officials
January 29, 2020, Vaughan, Ontario – Yesterday, the Honourable Raymond Cho, Minister of Seniors and Accessibility announced a partnership with the OBOA to develop and deliver accessibility training for Ontario’s building officials.
“With the release of the 2019 Legislative Review of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 by the Honourable David C. Onley, it has become clear that much work needs to be done if we want to remove barriers and make Ontario buildings more accessible for persons with disabilities,” says Grant Brouwer, OBOA President.
Once developed, the OBOA would make the training available to all the members, as well as other design professionals (engineers, architect, interior designers) and builders through the OBOA training facility and Chapter network. In-class workshops are a first step in the delivery of this new training and the OBOA is currently exploring e-learning options.
“Making Ontario a province where communities and businesses are accessible for everyone benefits us all,” says Minister Cho. “As we work towards creating a barrier-free Ontario, it is important to partner with organizations such as the Ontario Building Officials Association through our EnAbling Change Program. The association will create curriculum to train building officials to be more aware of the challenges people with disabilities face in accessing buildings so that buildings can be planned and built to be more accessible.”
“The OBOA works to maintain a high professional standard in the administration of the building code through the training, testing and certification of building officials,” notes Brouwer. “Our members are the last line of defense in ensuring new buildings are designed and constructed in compliance with the Ontario Building Code (OBC).”
About the OBOA: Founded in 1956, the Ontario Building Officials Association (OBOA) supports the construction of safer, more sustainable and accessible buildings in Ontario. The OBOA delivers training and certification to Building officials, promotes uniform code application, works with industry partners, and policy makers with a goal to advance the Building Official profession.
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Priya Ramsingh, Senior Communications Lead,
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