Accessibility of the World Social Forum

The World Social Forum 2016 recognizes that Montreal presents numerous obstacles to the participation of people with disabilities. In order for everyone to be able to participate, the WSF 2016’s facilitation collective adopted an accessibility charter. You can read the accessibility charter here: Charter of Accessibility of the World Social Forum 2016.

Do you have a disability? If so, write to the Disability, Deaf Culture and Barrier-Free Society committee about your accommodation needs:

[email protected].

Accommodation during the WSF 2016

  • Sign language interpreters (LSQ and ASL) will be available for some of the great conferences, during some activities of the regular program and at the Disability, Deaf Culture and Barrier-Free Society space. Check out the Disability, Deaf Culture and Barrier-Free Society committee program to know which activities will have interpreters.
  • An attendant will be available at the Disability, Deaf Culture and Barrier-Free Society space on August 10, 11 and 12 from 10 am to 5 pm for those who need specialized help (hygiene, food, etc.). This space will be in the middle of Complexe Desjardins, near the fountain.
  • WSF volunteers were trained to help people with disabilities the best the can. They can guide you to your room if necessary.
  • Special attention was given to publishing clear and simplified information in the different locations.

Accessibility of the venues of the activities


Here is a summary of the accessibility of the locations used during the WSF ( by date)

Parc La Fontaine (creative workshop and start of the opening march on August 9)

*Accessibility: accessible washroom at the restaurant Espace La Fontaine, drop-off at Espace La Fontaine (3933, ave. du Parc la Fontaine, paratransit public places, under “Restaurant”)*

*Accessibility of the opening march: about 2 km long with a long hill to go down; possibility to join the march half-way around 6pm in front of la grande bibliothèque (BANQ); march ends at the Place des festivals*

Place des festivals (opening show)

*Accessibility: LSQ interpretation; space at the front reserved for Deaf people; paratransit drop-off at 305, boul. René-Lévesque Ouest (corner Jeanne-Mance); accessible portable washroom; raised space reserved for participants with reduced mobility *

Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)

*Check out the accessibility evaluation here (in French).*

McGill University

*Check out the accessibility evaluation here (in French).*

Cégep du Vieux Montréal, 255 Ontario E

*Check out the accessibility evaluation here (in French).*

Monument-National, 1182 St-Laurent

*Accessibility: wheelchair accessible; amplification system in the Ludger-Duvernay room: 103,1 FM*

Société des Arts Technologiques (SAT), 1201 Saint-Laurent

*Accessibility: wheelchair accessible; elevator to reach every level *

Théâtre Sainte-Catherine, 264 Sainte-Catherine E.

*Accessibility : portable ramp on request.*

MAI (Montréal Arts Interculturels), 3680 Jeanne-Mance.

*Accessibility: wheelchair accessible and accessible washroom.*

Complexe Desjardins, 150 Sainte-Catherine.

*Accessibility: wheelchair accessible, individual accessible washroom, drop-off through the St-Urbain parking, paratransit public place (under “Office”).*

Concordia (1455 de Maisonneuve West, H-110)

*Accessibility: paratransit public places (under “University”); main entrance under renovations, use the entrance on Bishop; accessible entrance to the auditorium on the right; wheelchair accessible seating in front of the first row; accessible washrooms.*

Parc Jarry (August 13 an 14)

*Accessibility: toilettes sèches accessibles en fauteuil roulant; débarcadère du transport adapté au Stade Uniprix (285, rue Gary-Carter, lieu public du transport adapté catégorie “Stade”)*


Accessible Accommodation

Conventional housing

Kéroul, an organization aiming to make tourism and culture accessible to individuals with restrained physical capacity, evaluated the accessibility of certain hotels and university residences in Montreal. To consult their database, visit (The Road tab > Montreal section).

The 2016 WSF Housing Bureau offers special prices for a limited time. You cannot reserve an accessible room via this website. If you wish to reserve an accessible room in one of the hotels or residences appearing in the housing bureau, write to [email protected] and explain your situation.

Solidarity housing

The WSF 2016 created a tool that allows to search for solidarity housing. Those who offer housing can indicate whether or not it is accessible to disabled people, whether or not they are familiar with sign language, etc.

In return, if you have any accessibility needs, indicate it on your profile.

To find out more concerning conventional or solidarity housing, visit

Accessibility of public transit in Montreal

Public transit

The Société de transport de Montréal (STM) gives certain information concerning the accessibility of its regular network here:

The STM also has a paratransit service. This service is offered to anyone who already has a file in another paratransit service in Quebec or to anyone that gets around in a wheelchair. For information concerning the acceptance procedure for visitors, visit this page:


  • Only nine metro stations have elevators. All other stations are accessible through staircases and escalators.
  • The metro platforms have tactile paving.
  • The stations are announced in oral and written form.


  • The buses have ramps to embark with a wheelchair or with a delivery tricycle. Mobility scooters are not accepted. There are two kinds of ramps: front or back. The back ramps are often broken.
  • Buses only accept one person in a wheelchair at a time.
  • The stops are not announced verbally.
  • An accessible bus does the shuttle between the Montreal airport and downtown Montreal, close to the WSF 2016.


  • You must reserve a travel before 9:00 PM the day before by giving the address of the destination, the arrival time and the departure time.
  • The drivers have 30 minutes to present themselves.
  • It is possible that you may need to embark and disembark other passengers, which makes the travel longer.

Adapted taxi:

  • Some taxi companies have adapted minivans. However, it is necessary to reserve as early as possible (ideally 24 hours before) to be sure to have an adapted vehicle.

Restaurants, bars and other accessible public spaces near the WSF 2016

You can find information concerning the accessibility of different public spaces here: (The Road tab > Montreal section)

WSF volunteer training on helping disabled participants

The Disability, Deaf Culture and Barrier-Free Society Committee wrote a one-page summary for volunteer to help them assist disabled participants. Click here to read it.

Guide on the accessibility of the conferences

The Disability, Deaf Culture and Barrier-Free Society Committee wrote a guide aimed at helping the organizers make their activities accessible. Click here to read it (french).

Do you have any other questions ?

Write to the Disability, Deaf Culture and Barrier-Free Society Committee: [email protected]