#EveryoneEverywhere means maximizing the potential of all through physical freedom. It means preventing and removing barriers so that all people, regardless of their abilities have equal access to programs, services, information and infrastructure. Whether it’s at work, at play, a public building, or a private business, let’s create a Nova Scotia that’s accessible for all. The Accessibility Directorate is working to prioritize and develop accessibility standards for Nova Scotians of all abilities.
According to Statistics Canada, 30.4% of Nova Scotians have a disability, the highest of any province in Canada. In 2017, Nova Scotia passed the Accessibility Act, which recognizes accessibility as a human right and sets the goal of an accessible Nova Scotia by 2030. The Government of Nova Scotia and the Rick Hansen Foundation (RHF) are working together to increase accessibility and raise awareness.
- Over 60 Nova Scotians trained in meaningful access: In February 2018, the Province of Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC), and RHF formed a partnership to deliver the RHFAC Accessibility Assessor training course.
- Making Cogswell Accessible: The City of Halifax is home to Atlantic Canada’s largest redevelopment project, the Cogswell District Re-Development. The city and RHF are working together to ensure this exciting new neighbourhood is an RHF Accessibility Certified Gold zone that’s accessible and inclusive for people of all abilities.
- Creating a new Benchmarking Tool: Dalhousie’s School of Architecture and Planning is collaborating with RHF and the Nova Scotia Accessibility Directorate to establish a national benchmarking tool to measure the benefits of RHF Accessibility Certification.
Let's create a world where Everyone can go Everywhere.