Accessibility Certification Program

man with cane walking into an empty accessible office

The Rick Hansen Foundation (RHF) Accessibility Certification Program is designed to make the built environment in Canada accessible for people of all abilities. This includes people who have mobility challenges, are blind or have low vision, or are Deaf or hard of hearing.

The RHF Accessibility Certification Program builds on Rick Hansen’s original reason behind his journey – to remove barriers for people with disabilities. Our program helps people planning, designing, and constructing the built environment understand accessibility from the perspective of people with disabilities, 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.

When we consider the full lifespan of people - families with children, seniors, people with disabilities or with a temporary illness or injury – and make the built environment accessible for everyone, the entire community, and our economy, benefits.

A pilot of The RHF Accessibility Certification Program has launched in the BC Lower Mainland and Victoria and will run until June 2017.

For questions or inquiries about the RHF Accessibility Certification Program, please contact Michelle Shalinsky at 604-295-8149 ext. 1573 or email