- What types of sites are eligible for a complimentary rating?
- Can a site in the design phase apply to receive a complimentary rating?
- What are the eligible municipalities? How were they selected?
- How are applications reviewed for complimentary ratings?
- What do I need to do if my application is successful?
- Are there any hidden costs or fees?
- How do I find an RHFAC Professional to rate my site?
- Can I still apply?
- When will I be notified whether or not my application is successful?
- When will I receive the results of my complimentary rating?
- Will an RHFAC rating identify how my Site complies with legal requirements?
- How do I find out more about RHFAC?
Commercial and institutional sites across the public, private and not-for profit sectors are eligible for a complimentary rating. Full Eligibility Requirements.
- Commercial sites include retail stores, malls, offices, light industrial sites
- Institutional sites include schools, community and recreation centres, libraries and hospitals
- Residential dwellings and trails & pathways are NOT eligible for a complimentary rating.
Yes. Pre-construction, in the form of blueprint review, can be rated. If the project is in the design stage, organizations must have land acquired within one of the identified Ontario municipalities.
Complimentary ratings are offered for Sites located in the following Ontario municipalities: Brampton, Greater Sudbury, Guelph, Hamilton, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Markham, Mississauga, Oakville, Ottawa, St. Catharines, Toronto, Vaughan, Waterloo and Windsor.
These municipalities were selected for both their population size and geographic diversity. Full Eligibility Requirements.
Applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
- How many people use or visit the site
- How many people with vision, hearing or mobility disabilities use or visit the site
- Representation of non-profit, private and public sites
- Representation of urban and rural buildings (where applicable to that municipality)
- Reasons for pursuing an RHFAC Rating
- Steps taken to date to make the site more inclusive for people with vision, hearing or mobility disabilities
- Future plans to make the site more inclusive for people with vision, hearing or mobility disabilities
Accessibility Advisory Committees of the relevant municipality may also be consulted.
The rules of participation are:
- Register your organization on the RHFAC Registry within two weeks if you are successful. This will allow your RHFAC Professional to submit the rating for independent adjudication and approval by the CSA Group, and for you to access your results when they are ready.
- Contact your assigned RHFAC Professional to complete an onsite visit within 3 months of notification of the application’s success
- Publicly list your result on the RHFAC Registry should the Site achieve RHF Accessibility Certified or RHF Accessibility Certified Gold
- Install a recognition label (provided complimentary) should the Site achieve RHF Accessibility Certified or RHF Accessibility Certified Gold
- Complete a follow-up survey
No. Funding provided by the Government of Ontario will cover all requirements of participation, including:
- Registration fees to the CSA Group for the RHFAC Registry
- RHFAC Professional fees and travel costs
- Recognition label and shipping
The Rick Hansen Foundation will provide you an RHFAC Professional to conduct your complimentary rating.
Please note that there are a limited number of complimentary RHF Accessibility Certification ratings still available in Ontario. Selection will be based upon existing eligibility criteria.
All applicants will be notified if their application was successful or not within 12 weeks of applying.
It will take approximately 6 weeks after your RHFAC Professional makes an onsite visit to receive your results. However, it may take longer depending on several factors including:
- Complexity of the building and exterior approach
- Size of the building and exterior approach
- Analysis of data and photos by the RHFAC Professional to submit a rating for adjudication
- Rating review by an independent adjudicator, including potential to request further information from the RHFAC Professional
- Approval by the CSA Group, including potential to request further information from the RHFAC Professional and/or adjudicator
An RHFAC rating does not have legal weight and does not affect or replace legal requirements applicable in Ontario.
Learn more here: Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification