Accessibility Directorate

The province’s Accessibility Directorate has responsibility for administering the Accessibility Act and advancing disability issues within the government.

We work collaboratively with persons with disabilities, municipalities, businesses, post-secondary institutions, and others to achieve the goal of an accessible Nova Scotia by 2030.

Toolkits and guides

The Accessibility Planning Toolkit for Municipalities

A step-by-step resource to help municipalities establish an accessibility committee and build an accessibility plan.

The Accessibility Planning Toolkit for Prescribed Public Sector Bodies

A step-by-step resource to help prescribed public sector bodies establish an accessibility committee and build an accessibility plan.

Guide to Planning Accessible Meetings and Events (PDF 150 KB)

Regardless of the size of your event, accessibility can be incorporated into all areas of your planning to ensure all attendees can fully participate.

Interim Accessibility Guidelines for Indoor and Outdoor Spaces

This guide provides way to identify barriers to accessibility in the built environment. The guidelines are not mandatory, but they can help public sector bodies begin their accessibility planning and be better prepared to meet the provincial standard when it is enacted.

Accessibility standards

Government will develop accessibility standards in the following areas:

  • Goods and Services – ensuring that people with disabilities have equitable access to goods and services

  • Information and Communication – ensuring all people can receive, understand, and share the information they need

  • Transportation – making it easier for everyone to get where they need to go

  • Employment – making workplaces accessible, and supporting people with disabilities in finding meaningful employment

  • Built Environment – making public buildings, streets, sidewalks, and shared spaces accessible to all

  • Education – making the education system accessible to all students, from early childhood to post-secondary

Standard development committees

The Accessibility Advisory Board has established 2 committees that will help make recommendations on accessibility standards.

Education Standard Development Committee
The Education Standard Development Committee is helping the board make recommendations on the content and implementation of an accessibility standard in education.

Built Environment Standard Development Committee
The Built Environment Standard Development Committee is helping the board make recommendations on the content and implementation of an accessibility standard in the built environment.