Province Will Not Appeal Human Rights Decision

The province will not appeal the September 6 decision of a human rights board of inquiry that requires restaurants to have accessible washrooms.

The Department of Environment was ordered to amend food safety regulations to include a provision saying a restaurant must have accessible washrooms in order to be in compliance with food safety regulations.

The province will develop a plan with the disability community and restaurant industry to ensure the decision is implemented in a timely manner. This work will be supported by the newly established Accessibility Directorate and the Nova Scotia Accessibility Advisory Board.

Justice Minister Mark Furey says, "Nova Scotians with disabilities should have equitable access to infrastructure, information, programs and services - and ensuring that restaurants have accessible washrooms is part of that work."

If a restaurant can show implementation of accessible washrooms will cause undue hardship, it will be exempt from the regulation.