Accessible transportation regulations

Regulatory Modernization Initiative

The CTA has consolidated its various accessibility instruments – six voluntary codes and two regulations – to create a single, robust, legally binding set of accessible transportation regulations, the Accessible Transportation for Persons with Disabilities Regulations (ATPDR).

The final regulations reflect input received by the CTA from persons with disabilities, industry, including members of the CTA's Accessibility Advisory Committee, as well as the general public. A first phase of consultations was held for a two-year period between 2016 and 2018, and a 30-day comment period was held following the publication of draft regulations on March 9, 2019.

The ATPDR cover all modes of transport under our jurisdiction – air, rail, bus, and ferry – as well as security and border screening. The accessibility requirements in the ATPDR will be enforceable by administrative monetary penalties.

Transportation service providers are required to start complying with most of the new provisions as of June 25, 2020. More complex technical requirements will be phased in over three years to ensure that they can be smoothly implemented.

A number of key accessibility-related issues will be considered for a second-stage regulatory package, later this year. Issues to be considered will include:

  • new requirements for small carriers and the terminals that serve them;
  • extension of 1P1F requirements to international transportation;
  • on-board transportation of emotional support animals; and
  • planning and reporting obligations required by the Accessible Canada Act.


Accessible Transportation for Persons with Disabilities Regulations now finalized
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