Accessibility planning takes place throughout the year and works to ensure that the activities of Pride Toronto do not exclude any person due to unnecessary barriers with visible or non-visible disabilities.
Accessibility Services Hub
Open throughout the street festival weekend, the Accessibility Services Hub is centrally located. The Hub is a social and information centre equipped:
- Shaded seating
- All gender accessible washrooms
- Wheelchair/walker lending
- ASL services
- Pride Guide and Maps in Alternative formats
- Mobility Assistants
Accessibility Viewing Areas and Entertainment Stands
During the Trans* and Dyke Marches as well as the Pride Parade, raised accessible viewing stands will be available along the parade and march routes. And at grade accessible viewing area is available for those who are blind and/or partially sighted. Our largest entertainment stages have raised accessible viewing stands and or viewing areas available. Each of these areas is shaded from the sun, has seating, viewing area/stand hosts to assist you, as well as water and an accessible washroom. They are available for those who cannot stand for the duration and a companion. The stands and viewing areas are non-smoking and are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. It is recommended that people arrive early for performances and/or to watch the Trans* March, Dyke March and/or Parade, as seating and access is limited.
Services for Blind and Partially Sighted Visitors
An audio version of the Pride Guide will be available online and on CD leading up to the festival in June.
The Audio Pride Guide will also be available at the Accessibility Services Hub during the festival weekend. Here, you’ll also find:
- Braille companion to the Pride Guide available at the Accessibility Services Hub and every Welcome Centre
- Tactile maps available at the Accessibility Services Hub and every Welcome Centre
- Shade and water for working animals
For more information, please contact the Accessibility Team at [email protected].
Live Audio Description
Live Audio Description of the Pride Parade will be available at Wood St viewing area during Sunday’s parade.
American Sign Language Interpreting Services
ASL interpreters will be at the Accessibility Services Hub during regular hours of operation, and interpreting certain events. Please visit the Accessibility Services Hub and our website for a complete list of ASL interpreted events.
Mobility Device Loans
Wheelchairs and walkers will be available for loan during the street festival weekend. To sign out a wheelchair or walker, please bring a piece of photo I.D. such as an LCBO card, Driver’s License or Passport. During peak hours, wheelchair and walker loans will be limited to 2 hours at a time. Please visit the Accessibility Services Hub when you arrive at the festival for more information.
Coming from out of town?
Tourists who have disabilities, and are visiting Toronto may use Wheel-Trans service temporarily for a two-week period per year. Tourists registered with the specialized transit where they live (Para Transit, Mobility Plus) may access Wheel-Trans services through their existing registration. You will have to provide name, address (current), phone number, birthdate and mobility device. This will allow for an advanced sign up. However, tourists who are not registered with the specialized transit where they live must register in with WheelTrans.
Tourists attending Pride should confirm with Wheel-Trans their eligibility for the service in advance. Please call Wheel-Trans after 12:00PM at (416) 393-4111 with any questions.
Pride Toronto representatives will be available at designated times and dates before the Festival weekend to assist all individuals with pre-planning for their attendance of the festival.
These services will be available on-line and will include ASL.