WHAT IS YOUR CITY DOING? Municipalities across Canada are taking a broader view of social responsibility. In addition to the multitude of programs committed to environmental sustainability and community diversity, leading Canadian cities are planning accessibility into their built environments and encouraging their communities to be more inclusive.

To celebrate this good work, showcase the best national accessibility programs among municipalities both large and small, and measure progress towards a fully accessible Canada, the Rick Hansen Foundation has created the Accessible Cities Award.

We see this as an opportunity to shine a light on leaders in our built environment; a chance to recognize municipalities – and the planners, developers, architects and builders they work with – for creating accessible places and spaces for people with disabilities. The Award is a symbol to your community and district partners that your municipality cares and works to improve the quality of life for all members of our community.

We want to hear your stories. We want to learn about the efforts your city is making to promote universal access and improve the lives of people with disabilities. We want to acknowledge your initiatives, highlight best practices, and measure our collective progress as we move towards a fully accessible Canada. Tell us what your city is doing to be a more barrier-free and inclusive environment!

In recognition of the commitment to long-term accessibility, RHF is excited to announce that this year's chosen city will be awarded an Access4All Barrier Buster grant of up to $30,000 for an accessibility infrastructure improvement and associated awareness event of the winning recipient's choice!

A Barrier Buster project includes:
1. an accessibility infrastructure improvement to a public place within your municipality (up to $20,000)
2. an awareness building event to celebrate this infrastructure improvement (up to $10,000)

All you need to do is apply for the Accessible Cities Award and describe an accessibility improvement project that you could use the grant for this year within the application form.


Who Can Apply?

Any municipality in Canada, regardless of population size, is encouraged to apply.

Three winners will be chosen, acknowledging a first, second and third place. Municipalities will also be invited to nominate up to five places or spaces (public or private sector) in their city that exemplify best practices in universal access. Up to five winning places will be inducted into the Accessible Cities Circle of Excellence.

Applications close, March 31, 2017. Winners will be announced in late May of 2017.

How To Apply

It's easy to apply. There is no cost to do so, and the application process is straightforward.

Simply create an account in our online application system and then complete the Accessible Cities Award form.

Important Reference Documents

Key Dates

  • Applications Open – November 1, 2016
  • Applications Close – March 31, 2017
  • Evaluations commence – April 1, 2017
  • Results to be announced – late May 2017
  • Apply Now

    Create an account and log in to our online application system to apply today


    Click here to refer to frequently asked questions about the Award.

    Judging Panel

    The judging panel will be announced here as soon as information is available.