Accessibility and environmental sustainability are important features to consider while developing housing.
Developing accessible housing is important as it focuses on removing barriers that may prevent an individual from fully accessing the space. For instance, individuals who use wheelchairs may not be able to access certain living spaces if only stairs are available instead of ramps. Depending on which province you are situated in, there are different degrees and standards of accessibility to adhere to. Two helpful tips to consider while determining the degree of accessibility to incorporate into your property are to:
Speak to the housing service provider partner about their intentions for the house and the accessibility needs of its future tenants.
Determine whether there are funding obligations associated with the property’s accessibility standards. The Canada Mortgage Housing Corporation (CMHC), for example, has their own set of accessibility standards that differ from the Ontario building code’s standard of accessibility. In instances where your program is funded by the CMHC, it is important to look closely at their accessibility requirements, which can be found here.
One helpful tip to consider while determining the degree of environmental efficiency to incorporate into your property is to:
Determine whether there are funding obligations associated with the property’s environmental efficiency. (For example, are there requirements for the property to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by 25%?).