The Accessible Office of 2025



By now, every HR professional knows that Ontario has regulated new accessibility standards to provide more democratic and convenient access for all. Already developed are regulations in five areas: customer service,

employment, information and communications, transportation and design of public spaces.


Ontario has decided to handle all necessary changes to the built environment through amendments to the Building Code. Most individuals responsible for office

space are anxious to know what these amendments will mean to the way they are able to use their space and what it will cost them. Lynn McGregor of the McGregor Design

Group (, a Canadian leader in professional corporate interior design with significant experience in creating accessible office space,

says “fear not.”


A contributor to several key committees reviewing the impact of the proposed changes, McGregor has verified through test cases that any need for increased space can

be dramatically offset with the use of strategic, creative design. Here, she offers a sneak peek into just a few of the new code standards that may result from meeting the

AODA’s Built Environment requirements.


“Embrace these changes and allow yourself to benefit from them. It’s not really about how much space you have. It’s about how you use the space,” McGregor says.


Source: McGregor Design Group (

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