Citizens With Disabilities - Ontario


The Citizens With Disabilities - Ontario(CWD-O) Position Paper On Public Washroom Provisions For Incontinence

Individuals who experience periodic incontinence, experience significant problems when travelling; even to places as close as local events and malls. Travelling with their families across the province is virtually impossible; as accessible, individual or family, service centre washrooms do not contain large, private change tables. With a minor change in layout, however, these larger change tables could be located within the parameters of the existing washrooms.

Citizens With Disabilities - Ontario (CWD- O) Position On the Issue

To limit the freedom any individual Canadian (or group of Canadians) to engage equally in any activity available to all Canadians is a quality-of-life issue; and a violation of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. It is the position of CWD-O that all sectors of society share equally in the obligation to provide a discrimination-free environment.

The Prevalence Of Incontinence

Although this particular medical condition is generally misunderstood, and thought to me relatively minor in incidence, such is demonstrably not the case. The numbers of Canadians/Ontarians experiencing some degree of incontinence are:

To discriminate against any segment of Ontarians is indefensible; to discriminate against numbers like these is particularly egregious.

Design Standards For Large Change Tables

The Rationale For CWD-O's Position

As the service centres will be incorporating change facilities for small children, our position is that the provision of a larger table will accommodate everyone.

Legislation that stipulates such an approach includes: The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (1982); The Canadian Human Rights Act (1985); The Ontario Human Rights Code (1990); and mindful of the fact that the incidence of incontinence increases exponentially with disability, The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (2005).

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