Applications for complimentary Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility CertificationTM (“RHFAC”) ratings in Ontario (the “Program”) must meet the following eligibility criteria and will be required to enter into an agreement that sets out the following participation requirements.
To be eligible to apply, the following criteria must be met:
1. Application must be complete (no missing fields) and submitted by the application deadline, which is currently extended until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
2. The proposed site ("Site") to be rated must be located within one of the below ten municipalities in Ontario:
If the project is in the design stage, organizations must have already acquired rights to the applicable site within one of the identified municipalities.
3. Organizations may make multiple applications for more than one site.
4. Organizations must consent to their application form and any supporting materials being shared with the municipality and its Accessibility Advisory Committee in which the applicable building is located for the purposes of assessing the application.
5. Site or pre-construction design plans to be RHFAC rated are limited to commercial and institutional buildings in the public (municipal sites), private and not-for profit sectors:
- Commercial spaces include retail stores, offices, and industrial sites
- Institutional spaces include schools, community and recreation centres and libraries
6. Ineligible Sites and/or organizations include:
- Sites that are trail or pathways.
- Sites that are residential dwellings.
- Sites or design plans that have received an RHFAC rating.
- Organizations that have financially supported the Rick Hansen Foundation in the last 5 years.
7. Participation requirements include:
- The Site must have a public entrance and all its key functional spaces and amenities must be physically accessible for everyone.
- Organizations and their Site(s) will be publicly shared on rickhansen.com as a recipient of a complimentary RHFAC rating, no matter the certification level achieved.
- Organizations must register on the RHFAC Registry, which includes agreeing to the Registry Terms and Conditions.
- Organizations must contact their assigned RHFAC Professional to complete an onsite visit within three months of notification of the application’s success.
- Organizations must publicly list the rating result on the RHFAC Registry, and order and install a complimentary recognition label in a prominent place at the Site should their Site achieve RHF Accessibility Certified or RHF Accessibility Certified Gold.
- Organizations must complete a follow-up survey.
- The entire Site will be rated including all occupied and common spaces.
- Organizations must enter into RHFAC’s Participation Agreement.
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