Inclusion is the heart of a healthy society. These municipalities, industry associations, post-secondary institutions and other organizations are leading the way to an accessible future through policy, incentives, RHFAC ratings, and certifications. Together, we are building a world where people with disabilities are living to their full potential.
Learn more about these Industry Leaders:
- Leaders Embracing RHFAC through Policy
- Leaders Driving RHFAC Adoption
- Leaders in Accessibility Training
- Leaders in RHFAC Rating and Certification
Leaders Embracing RHFAC through Policy
A commitment to accessibility in policy leaves a legacy of inclusion that will echo for generations. By requiring their sites to be certified under RHFAC through policy, these leaders a looking forward to a more inclusive future.
City of Surrey
Surrey is the first city in Canada to commit to building to a RHFAC Gold for all future civic facilities. With over 40 Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification™ (RHFAC) ratings to date, Surrey boasts the most ratings and certifications of any municipality in Canada.
City of Vancouver
The City of Vancouver has mandated that all newly built municipal facilities are required to achieve RHFAC Gold. Twelve City staff will also be taking RHFAC Training to gain knowledge and practical skills to rate their own buildings for meaningful accessibility.
Ottawa’s Carleton University has become the first post-secondary institution in Canada to adopt RHFAC principles into policy. Carleton is in the process of rating over 40 sites on their campus and intends to have all new sites built to RHF Accessibility Certified Gold standards and upgrade all existing buildings to meet RHF Accessibility Certified requirements. Additionally, they are one of six post-secondary institutions to offer the RHFAC Professional Training course and have trained several internal staff to become RHFAC Professionals.
WorkBC Employment Services prepares job seekers for employment by offering skills training, academic upgrading, and work experience through 102 WorkBC Centres and connects talented and skilled employees to businesses hiring today. All WorkBC offices have either achieved or in the process of achieving Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification. Visit WorkBC.ca
Leaders Driving RHFAC Adoption
Through incentives and commitments to disability inclusion through accessibility and universal design, these organizations are driving adoption of RHFAC among their memberships, clients and communities.
The Valuable 500
The Valuable 500 is a global business collective of 500 CEOs and their companies, innovating together to address disability inclusion and drive systemic change to be more inclusive of people with disabilities. RHF is one of only 77 organizations globally selected for the Valuable 500 Directory. It is a unique resource featuring expertise within digital, physical and cognitive accessibility, as well as tools for inclusive recruitment and branding practices.
Building Owners and Managers Association Canada (BOMA Canada)
As part of their commitment to creating a world without barriers, BOMA Canada has partnered with the Rick Hansen Foundation to invite BOMA members to have their buildings rated for accessibility using RHFAC. For BOMA members, an RHF Accessibility Certification both counts towards the BOMA BEST Certification and makes their site eligible for the annual BOMA Canada Accessibility Award. In addition, BOMA Canada has demonstrated leadership by developing an introductory Accessibility Guide for their members in partnership with RHF.
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s (CMHC)
CMHC’s MLI Select is a new multi-unit mortgage loan insurance product that offers scaling flexibilities to encourage the preservation and creation of affordable, accessible and climate compatible units. The RHFAC program is one of the pathways available to receive up to 30 points under the Accessibility pillar of this product for both existing projects and new construction.
The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC)
RAIC has collaborated with the Rick Hansen Foundation and PowerED™ by Athabasca University to expand capacity of accessibility certification training for the architectural community, by offering RAIC members a $200 discount on course fees as well as continuing education units (CEUs) towards their designation.
Canada Post Corporation
With a presence in nearly every community, Canada Post understands the importance of providing accessible services for all Canadians. The Crown corporation developed national accessibility design standards for its facilities in consultation with RHFAC. Since 2020, Canada Post has used RHFAC to inform over 600 internal audits of its buildings and post offices, resulting in dozens of upgrades. In 2022, an administrative building located at its Head Office campus in Ottawa, Ontario achieved RHFAC Gold certification. Canada Post’s goal is to use RHFAC to inform a minimum of 200 internal audits per year and achieve Gold certification for its flagship sites. Several cohorts of CPC employees from across the company have completed RHFAC Training.
Leaders in Accessibility Training
As partners in offering the RHFAC Professional Training course and our Accessible Spaces 101 course, these post-secondary institutions ensure the RHFAC Professional Training course is offered across Canada, both online and in person.
- Carleton University, Ottawa
- George Brown College, Toronto
- Nova Scotia Community College, Halifax
- PowerED by Athabasca University, Online Modules
- Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT), Calgary
- Vancouver Community College, Vancouver
Leaders in RHFAC Rating and Certification
These organizations have demonstrated their commitment to accessibility and disability inclusion by having at least ten sites rated through the RHFAC program.
|BentallGreenOak (Canada) Limited Partnership||Open Door Group|
|Brock University||Oxford Properties Group|
|City of Courtenay||Pacifica Housing|
|City of Delta||QuadReal Property Group|
|City of Richmond||TELUS|
|City of Greater Sudbury||The Cadillac Fairview Corporation|
|City of Quesnel||Triovest Realty Advisors Inc.|
|City of Surrey||University of British Columbia|
|City of Vaughan||University of the Fraser Valley|
|District of Saanich||Vancouver Island University|
|Fanshawe College of Applied Arts and Technology||Vancouver Public Library|
|M.O.S.A.I.C. Multi-lingual Orientation Service Association for Immigrant Communities|
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