Accessibility Certification Program

Today, 3.8 million Canadian adults report living with a mobility, vision, or hearing disability. These Canadians struggle every day to access spaces like offices, schools, libraries, and community centres because of physical barriers to accessibility.

Providing universal access to safe, inclusive and accessible public spaces ensures that everyone is able to participate and live to their full potential, and is an important part of the United Nation’s "Envision2030" sustainable development goals that our program supports.

Accessible built environments accommodate everyone - small children, parents with strollers, older adults and seniors, and people with temporary and permanent disabilities - and are inclusive of people’s needs across their lifespan. Making our public spaces universally accessible ensures that everyone is able to participate and live to their full potential.

The Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility CertificationTM (RHFAC) program works to help improve accessibility of the built environment – the places where we live, work, and play – in Canada through three main areas:

  • Rating & Certification

    A rating system to determine the accessibility of commercial, institutional, and multi-family residential buildings. Once rated, a building may receive one of two certification levels, ‘RHF Accessibility Certified’ or ‘RHF Accessibility Certified Gold,’ and will have the option to be listed on the RHFAC Registry hosted by the CSA Group.

  • Professional Training

    A formal training course that provides the knowledge and skills required to deliver RHFAC ratings of buildings. After the course, students must pass an examination to become an RHFAC Professional. RHFAC Professionals will be publically listed on the RHFAC Registry.

If you have a specific question about the RHFAC Program, please email access@rickhansen.com and a member of our team will be in touch.

Looking for information on our BC Accessibility Grants Program? Read our BC Accessibility Grants Program page.

Meet our RHFAC Advisory Committee members.