Our Work

Did you know that 1 in 7 Canadians have a disability and that number will rise to 1 in 5 by 2036?
It's time to think differently about disability.

Today, there are more than 3.8 million Canadians with some form of a disability, and the numbers are growing. In Canada, and all around the world, people with disabilities face social, attitudinal, and physical barriers.

Since 1988, the Rick Hansen Foundation team has been actively improving the lives of people with disabilities by creating awareness, changing attitudes, and breaking down barriers. Our goal is to create an inclusive world where people with disabilities can reach their full potential.

How do we do that? By creating or supporting a number of important awareness, accessibility, and research programs and initiatives.

Awareness Programs

Our awareness programs and initiatives are designed to educate the public about the importance of accessibility and the issues facing people with disabilities.

Accessibility Initiatives

Our accessibility initiatives and services directly improve physical accessibility in the built environment.

Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification

helps people planning, designing, and constructing the built environment understand and measure the accessibility of their venues. We offer the only program in Canada that trains Assessors to a recognized professional level, and uses a rating system to identify and certify accessible built environments based upon a consistent methodology.

Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Grants

help ensure that all members of our community can access the built environment. In 2016 and 2017, with support from the Government of Canada, the Foundation is focused on delivering the Access4All Canada 150 Signature Initiative, granting $1.7 million dollars to schools and community groups across Canada for infrastructure improvement projects and awareness building events in their communities.

Spinal Cord Injury Research

RHF continues to fund research grants, coordinate donation allocation requests, and provide leadership support to the Rick Hansen Institute (RHI) for spinal cord injury research.

Through the Blusson Integrated Cures Partnership, we have committed $2 million a year for 10 years to RHI and ICORD, as well as fundraising for ongoing research initiatives.

Join Rick and his team on our journey to liberate the amazing potential of people with disabilities.
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