Darcy Poitras

Darcy Poitras

Owner, New Wave Accessible Design Consulting

Serviced Area(s): Canada Wide – Based out of British Columbia

Designated RHFAC Professional since March 2018

email: newwaveadc@gmail.com   |   phone: 1-250-580-0216

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In 2017 I became involved with the Rick Hansen Foundation, working as an Assessor on the new Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification (RHFAC) Program. I was specifically drawn to the scale of the effort, and the universal approach that it employs.

It typically isn’t a matter of ‘if’ an individual will be affected by disability in their life, but rather ‘when’. Within a decade, 1 in 5 Canadians will be living with a disability that affects how they interact with their environment. By applying the principles of universal design, I can help your organization implement practical changes that anticipate future needs and ensure equitable access for all users.

Since becoming an RHFAC Professional, I have completed over 100 RHFAC Ratings across 47 municipalities in Western Canada, totaling over 7 million square feet of the built environment. I am also currently a member of the RHFAC Technical Subcommittee.

In my free time I like to cook, read, play guitar, and coach sledge hockey.

About New Wave Accessible Design Consulting

New Wave Accessible Design Consulting aims to create symbiotic relationships between organizations and their clients by using the principles of Universal Design to improve accessibility in physical and digital environments. New Wave provides a range of consulting and educational services, including RHFAC Ratings, workplace accessibility training, and private site assessments. New Wave is open to contracts from organizations of all sizes within Canada.

Notable Past Projects

Project: Cedar Hill Recreation Centre

June 2018

Client: Carole Ireland - District of Saanich


Located at the corner of Cedar Hill Rd and Finlayson St in Saanich, BC, Cedar Hill Recreation Centre is a large multi-purpose facility that was built in 1972, with major retrofits in 1992 and 2007. The facility serves a variety of demographics, but most notably children and senior citizens as users of the various arts and movement studios. 

The facility rating includes the arts and visual arts studios, dance studio, squash and tennis courts, meeting and activity rooms, weight room and all sanitary facilities including the main accessible washrooms and accessible change rooms.

Project: Thompson Rivers University - Old Main Building

May 2018

Client: Bryce Parks - Thompson Rivers University

The Thompson Rivers University Old Main Building is located at 835, University Dr, Kamloops, BC. The original building was built in 1971 and renovated in 2012. The building houses classrooms, department offices, the TRU Art Gallery, the Actor’s Workshop Theatre and, most recently, the Faculty of Law.

The Old Main building is the central hub of the university providing academic services for students such as registrar offices, academic advising and main campus events.

Project: The Wing Apartments

August 2017

Client: Amanda Harding - Pacifica Housing

The Wing apartment complex is located at 109 Wilson St, in Victoria, BC, minutes from downtown Victoria and adjacent to the Westside Village Shopping Centre. The Wing offers a mix of studio, 1 and 2 bedroom apartments as well as 2 and 3 bedroom loft style units. Units on the second and third floors are available to individuals or families whose gross annual household income falls between $30,000 and $54,000. There are no income requirements for units on the first or fourth floor.


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