Frequently Asked Questions

  
  1. What is the Accessible Cities Award?
  2. Why is the Rick Hansen Foundation launching this Award?
  3. Who can apply?
  4. What is the Circle of Excellence?
  5. Can municipalities just apply to the Circle of Excellence section?
  6. Does a municipality have to submit 5 nominations for the Circle of Excellence?
  7. Can there be a winner in the Circle of Excellence category even if the nominating municipality doesn’t win?
  8. Other than municipalities, who else should be interested in the Accessible Cities Award?
  9. Why should the private sector be interested in the Award?
  10. Is there a cost to apply?
  11. Where and how do municipalities apply?
  12. When are applications due?
  13. Who is evaluating applications and what is the process?
  14. When will winners be announced?
  15. Will the Rick Hansen Foundation share the results and outcomes of the Accessible Cities Award decisions?
  1.     What is the Accessible Cities Award?

    The Rick Hansen Foundation’s new Accessible Cities Award seeks to showcase best practices and measure progress in accessibility in the built environment by identifying our most accessible municipalities in Canada and their associated features. Municipalities as well as companies who are designing and building accessible spaces will be celebrated.

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  2.     Why is the Rick Hansen Foundation launching this Award?

    In 2017, Canada will celebrate its 150th anniversary of Confederation and the Rick Hansen Foundation will also celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Man In Motion World Tour. These two milestones provide opportunities to celebrate progresses made and amplify the conversation about the value of universal accessibility as part of Canada’s commitment to inclusion and diversity.

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  3.     Who can apply?

    Any municipality in Canada can apply, regardless of population size.

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  4.     What is the Circle of Excellence?

    The Circle of Excellence section of the Accessible Cities Award application encourages municipalities along with their respective build community – companies with strong CSR programs, developers, architects, etc. – to nominate up to five specific places or spaces (public or private) in their municipality that they believe showcase best practices in universal design and accessibility. Spaces or places nominated in this section must have been identified and/or used as a substantiating example in the municipality’s application for the Accessible Cities Award.

    From all nominated places and spaces, the judging panel will choose up to 5 places and/or spaces to be inducted into the Circle of Excellence.

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  5.     Can municipalities just apply to the Circle of Excellence section?

    No. Spaces or places nominated to the Circle of Excellence must also have been a place or space referenced in the municipality’s overall Award application.

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  6.     Does a municipality have to submit 5 nominations for the Circle of Excellence?

    There is no requirement for a municipality to submit any nominations to the Circle of Excellence. It is up to the municipality’s discretion to nominate a place or space. If they choose to nominate, they can nominate up to a maximum of 5 places or spaces. The evaluation of a municipality’s application for the Accessible Cities Award will not be influenced by whether they nominate any or several spaces or places to the Circle of Excellence section.

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  7.     Can there be a winner in the Circle of Excellence category even if the nominating municipality doesn’t win?

    Yes. All nominations to the Circle of Excellence section will be evaluated independently from the rest of the municipalities’ applications and up to 5 inductees will be chosen, regardless of how the submitting municipalities scored.

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  8.     Other than municipalities, who else should be interested in the Accessible Cities Award?

    Because this Award recognizes vision, planning and execution to create a more accessible built environment, this Award would be of interest to the building community (e.g. developers, architects, designers), urban planners, social planners, companies seeking a showcase of best practices in access design and construction, the disability community, and advocates for universal access and a more inclusive society. While only municipalities can apply, these groups can encourage their municipality to apply.

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  9.     Why should the private sector be interested in the Award?

    The Award serves to recognize and highlight organizations and companies for their efforts related to removing barriers to access and creating a more inclusive environment. These organizations and companies maybe referenced in the municipalities’ applications and/or in their nominations to the Circle of Excellence.

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  10.     Is there a cost to apply?

    There is no cost to submit an application.

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  11.     Where and how do municipalities apply?

    Municipalities can access the application and all related information at rickhansen.com. The application, along with all supporting documentation, must be completed and submitted online.

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  12.     When are applications due?

    Applications, along with all supporting documentation, are due by 11:59PM PST on March 31st, 2017.

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  13.     Who is evaluating applications and what is the process?

    Applications will be evaluated by a judging panel that includes representatives from the Rick Hansen Foundation, the building community, and the disability community. Each judge evaluates each application and assigns a score to the municipality and any nominations they submit to the Circle of Excellence. The judges will convene for a consensus scoring for the final determination of winners.

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  14.     When will winners be announced?

    Winners will be announced in May of 2017. The exact date will be announced.

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  15.     Will the Rick Hansen Foundation share the results and outcomes of the Accessible Cities Award decisions?

    Yes. The results will be announced and winners honoured in May of 2017. In addition, a summary report will be available on this website and results will be provided to various interest groups, submitting municipalities, and upon request.

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