According to Statistics Canada, 3.8 million Canadian adults have a disability – that’s approximately one in seven people – and with our aging population, that number is continuing to grow.
One of the most significant barriers that people with disabilities still face is the built environment – essentially, all the places that people live, work and play. That’s why the Rick Hansen Foundation, with the participation of the Government of Canada, is helping to break down barriers for people with disabilities through the Access4All Canada 150 Signature Initiative.
What is the Access4All Canada 150 Signature Initiative?
To celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday and the 30th anniversary of the Rick Hansen Man In Motion World Tour, the Rick Hansen Foundation launched the Access4All Canada 150 Signature Initiative to inspire and empower youth and community leaders across the country to create a more inclusive and accessible Canada.
With funding support from the Government of Canada, the Rick Hansen Foundation is granting $1.7 million to schools and community groups to help Canadians activate a minimum of 50 large-scale “Barrier Buster” infrastructure improvement projects and awareness building events in their communities.
These Barrier Buster projects will help remove physical barriers in schools and communities spaces and create awareness about accessibility all across Canada.
How does the Access4All Canada 150 Signature Initiative work?
Through the Access4All Initiative, Canadians are encouraged to identify accessibility barriers in public places in their communities and apply for funding from the Rick Hansen Foundation to remove them.
Project leaders can submit applications for up to $30,000 in funding for a Barrier Buster project, which includes an accessibility infrastructure improvement project (up to $20,000) and an associated community awareness building event (up to $10,000).
Access4All will break down barriers in communities from coast to coast and create real and lasting impact for Canadians with disabilities.