08/14/2013 08:53 EDT | Updated 10/14/2013 05:12 EDT

Nova Scotia politicians must have accessible offices under new rules

HALIFAX - An all-party committee of the Nova Scotia legislature has passed new rules requiring all sitting members to make their constituency offices more accessible.

The House of Assembly Management Commission says the offices of house members must meet barrier-free requirements set out in the province's building code within a year of being elected.

Re-elected members with have three years to do so.

The requirements include such things as a paved parking lot with at least one van accessible space, a cut curb, a ramp, level entrances and wider doors and accessible washrooms.

A group for people with disabilities had been pushing for the new rules to be approved in advance of the next provincial election, expected sometime this year.