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Eastern Canada Barrier-Free Guidelines

Eastern Canada barrier-free accessibility design guide for Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland and Labrador.

ATS has compiled a nation-wide guide with the latest barrier-free codes from across the nation.  This section is the accessibility design guide for the Maritime Provinces:

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Nova Scotia Accessibility Design Guide

Grab bars have become a big change amongst many provinces in Canada. Nova Scotia is no exception, emphasizing sizing and addition bars added to shower, bathtub water closet and urinal areas.

BATHROOMS

  • Turning Circle:
    • 1500 mm (59.1”)
  • Stalls
    • 1500 mm (59.1”) square clear floor space in front of stall

WATER CLOSETS

  • Rear grab bar
    • Can be split into two 300 mm (11.8”) grab bars on each side of flush valve if needed

URINALS

  • Rim height *just wording adjustment
    • Less than 430 mm (16.9”)
  • Grab bars *just wording adjustment
    • 600 mm (23.7”) long

SHOWERS

  • Handshowers
    • Usable at 1200 mm (47.3”) and 2030 mm (79.9”) off the floor
      • Best accomplished with 900 mm (35.4”) slide bar
    • Minimum 1800 (59.1”) mm hose required
  • Grab Bars
    • L-shaped grab bar on back wall
      • Horizontal component 1000 mm (39.4”)
        • 750 mm (29.6”) to 870 mm (34.2”) off the floor
      • Vertical component 750 mm (29.6”)
        • Same side as side wall grab bar
        • 400 mm (15.8”) to 500 mm (19.6”) from side wall
    • Vertical Straight side wall grab bar
      • Minimum 1000 mm (39.4”)
      • 50 mm (2”) to 80 mm (3.1”) to side wall
      • 600 (23.7”) to 650 mm (25.5”) off the floor to lower part

BATHTUB

  • Size and Space
    • 1500 mm (59.1”) turning circle
  • Grab bars
    • 2 Minimum 1200 mm (47.3”) grab bars
      • 2 vertical at each end, 1 horizontal centred
      • Lower end 80 mm (3.1”) to 280 mm (11”)

 New Brunswick Accessibility Design Guide

Here are the barrier-free code changes to New Brunswick! Keep reading to learn what modifications are required for your projects.
BATHROOMS

  • Toilet Location – Distance from side wall
    • 285 mm (11.3”) to 305 mm (12”)
  • Minimum internal dimension:
    • Minimum 1700 mm (67”) by 1700 mm (67”)
  • Turning Circle:
    • 1500 mm (59.1”)

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Spring actuated faucets not allowed
  • Peened or gripping surface Not required

URINALS

  • Rim height *just wording adjustment
    • 488 mm (19.3”) to 512 mm (20.1”)
  • Grab bars *just wording adjustment
    • 2 grab bars mounted vertically on each side of urinal 300 mm (11.9”) long

SHOWERS

  • Handshowers
    • Minimum 1500 (59.1”) mm hose required
  • Grab Bars
    • Minimum 900 mm (35.5”) grab bar
      • Horizontal
      • 700 mm (27.6”) to 900 mm (35.5”) off the floor
      • Can overlap seat by maximum of 300 mm (11.9”)

BATHTUB

  • Size and Space
    • Minimum 1500 mm (59.1”) long
    • 750 mm (29.6”) by 1500 mm (59.1”) clear transfer space
  • Grab bars
    • Minimum 1500 (59.1”) mm hose required
    • 2 Minimum 1200 mm (47.3”) grab bars
      • 1 vertical, 1 horizontal
      • Lower end 180 mm (7.1”) to 280 mm (11”)

Newfoundland and Labrador Accessibility Design Guide

Newfoundland and Labrador are no exception to code changes for 2020. Below are the specifications you will need to modify your projects. 

BATHROOMS

  • Toilet Location – Distance from side wall
    • 285 mm (11.3”) to 305 mm (12”)
  • Minimum internal dimension:
    • Minimum 1700 mm (67”) by 1700 mm (67”)
  • Turning Circle:
    • 1500 mm (59.1”)

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Spring actuated faucets not allowed
  • Peened or gripping surface Not required

URINALS

  • Rim height *just wording adjustment
    • 488 mm (19.3”) to 512 mm (20.1”)
  • Grab bars *just wording adjustment
    • 2 grab bars mounted vertically on each side of urinal 300 mm (11.9”) long

SHOWERS

  • Handshowers
    • Minimum 1500 (59.1”) mm hose required
  • Grab Bars
    • Minimum 900 mm (35.5”) grab bar
      • Horizontal
      • 700 mm (27.6”) to 900 mm (35.5”) off the floor
      • Can overlap seat by maximum of 300 mm (11.9”)

BATHTUB

  • Size and Space
    • Minimum 1500 mm (59.1”) long
    • 750 mm (29.6”) by 1500 mm (59.1”) clear transfer space
  • Grab bars
    • Minimum 1500 (59.1”) mm hose required
    • 2 Minimum 1200 mm (47.3”) grab bars
      • 1 vertical, 1 horizontal
      • Lower end 180 mm (7.1”) to 280 mm (11”)

 

Prince Edward Island Accessibility Design Guide

Find out what’s new with Prince Edward Island!
BATHROOMS

  • Toilet Location – Distance from sidewall
    • 460 mm (18.2”) to 480 mm(18.8”)
  • Turning Circle:
    • 1500 mm (59.1”)
  • Stalls
    • 1500 mm (59.1”) square clear floor space in front of stall

WATER CLOSETS

  • Rear grab bar
    • Can be split into two 300 mm (11.8”) grab bars on each side of flush valve if needed

URINALS

  • Rim height *just wording adjustment
    • Less than 430 mm (16.9”)
  • Grab bars *just wording adjustment
    • 600 mm (23.7”) long

SHOWERS

  • Handshowers
    • Usable at 1200 mm (47.3”) and 2030 mm (79.9”) off the floor
      • Best accomplished with 900 mm (35.4”) slide bar
    • Minimum 1800 (59.1”) mm hose required
  • Grab Bars
    • L-shaped grab bar on back wall
      • Horizontal component 1000 mm (39.4”)
        • 750 mm (29.6”) to 870 mm (34.2”) off the floor
      • Vertical component 750 mm (29.6”)
        • Same side as side wall grab bar
        • 400 mm (15.8”) to 500 mm (19.6”) from side wall
    • Vertical Straight side wall grab bar
      • Minimum 1000 mm (39.4”)
      • 50 mm (2”) to 80 mm (3.1”) to side wall
      • 600 (23.7”) to 650 mm (25.5”) off the floor to lower part

BATHTUB

  • Size and Space
    • 1500 mm (59.1”) turning circle
  • Grab bars
    • 2 Minimum 1200 mm (47.3”) grab bars
      • 2 vertical at each end, 1 horizontal centred
      • Lower end 80 mm (3.1”) to 280 mm (11”)

 

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