Accessible travel

Ontario has made it a priority to improve the daily lives of people with disabilities and is dedicated to making travel and tourism experiences throughout the province more accessible for visitors with special needs and accessibility requirements.

From our rural communities to vast urban centres, there’s a dynamic, ever-evolving mosaic of globally inspired, locally adapted art, culture and cuisine. We’re home to dramatically different places, spaces and landscapes shaped by the changing seasons.

There’s always something different to see, do and celebrate, and we want everyone to share in that experience.

The Government of Ontario has regulated accessibility standards for sectors, including information and communications, employment, transportation, the design of public spaces and customer service in the  Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). Our goal is to identify, remove and prevent barriers for people with disabilities in key areas of daily living by 2025.

These regulations will help travellers with accessibility requirements plan and select attractions, accommodations and destinations that best fit their needs.

If you are a visitor with a visual or non-visual disability, here are some of the specific ways Ontario is committed to making it easier for you to experience all this province has to offer.

Accessible Customer Service 

As a person with a disability, organizations must provide you with the necessary customer service so you can access their goods, services or facilities. Staff must be trained in providing accessible customer service.

You can have your support person with you at all times. You can also give feedback through accessible surveys or comment forms.

Learn more about the accessible customer service standard.

Public Transportation

When you travel on public transit:

  • announcements should be made for every destination point or stop
  • specialized transit services should be available during the same hours and on the same days as other public transit
  • your guide dog/service animal must be allowed to ride with you

When you travel by taxi:

  • you must be charged the same rate as someone without a disability
  • your guide dog/service animal must be allowed to ride in the taxi with you
  • vehicle registration and driver-identification must appear in an accessible format

Read more about the accessible transit standard.


Ontario’s Design of Public Spaces Standards establish a baseline level of accessibility for:

  • service counters
  • waiting areas with fixed seating
  • outdoor spaces, such as sidewalks and parking lots

Be advised that  accessibility requirements under the Ontario Building Code only apply to new construction, so buildings and accommodations built before the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) legislation was introduced, may not meet accessibility standards.

Outdoor Public Spaces

The Design of Public Spaces Standards set requirements to make most external public spaces accessible. The standards also address requirements to make certain  internal public spaces accessible.

Like the Ontario Building Code, the standards only apply to new construction and planned redevelopment of existing public spaces and apply to:

  • recreational trails
  • beach access routes
  • new or redeveloped outdoor public eating areas
  • playgrounds and outdoor play spaces
  • service counters
  • waiting areas with fixed seating
  • sidewalks
  • parking lots

Guide Dogs and Service Animals

If you have a guide dog or other service animal, it is allowed to stay with you when you receive services in: 

  • restaurants
  • grocery stores
  • taxis

An animal is considered a service animal if one of the two conditions apply:

Search for Accessible and Barrier-Free Businesses

Start planning your trip in Ontario with this selection of destinations, activities and accommodations that are working towards becoming barrier-free. Use the below filters to search for Ontario tourism businesses that provide accessible facilities, services and ensure mobility requirements are in place to meet your needs.

Things to Do with Accessible Options

Last updated: August 24, 2023

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