Improving Accessibility at the Sarnia Courthouse
Signage Improvements Make Courts Easier to Navigate
Ontario is using simple, accessible and bilingual signage to make the Sarnia Courthouse easier to navigate.
Improvements to signs throughout the courthouse include:
- consistent, easy to understand terms
- pictograms to clearly illustrate instructions (e.g. accessible parking)
- braille and tactile elements for the visually impaired
- standard design with similar fonts, colours, materials and placement of words
The project is part of the government's response to a number of recommendations made by the Civil Justice Reform Project, led by former Associate Chief Justice Coulter Osborne.
Making courts easier to navigate is part of the government's plan to build a stronger, more accessible justice system and a fair society for all.
- New, accessible and bilingual signs have also been installed at courthouses in Barrie, Kenora, Ottawa, and Toronto.
- Other accessibility features at the Sarnia Courthouse include a barrier-free main entrance, lower service counters for people using wheelchairs or scooters, and elevator buttons in braille.
- Since 2009, courthouse accessibility coordinators across Ontario have been helping to arrange accommodation for users with disabilities, such as sign language interpretation, real-time captioning, and assistive listening devices.
“We are committed to improving access to justice for all Ontarians. Clear, easy-to-understand signs ensure that when people enter a courthouse, there is no confusion about where they need to go or how to get there.”