July 2020

Arts & Culture
ARC Submissions

Ingenium-Canada Science and Technology Museum

The Canada Science and Technology Museum has worked to integrate accessibility from the very beginning of their plans. People with disabilities – and the technology developed for and by them- are featured in exhibits throughout the museum. Exhibitions in the museum were developed according to accessibility standards and the building was designed based on the City of Ottawa standards. The museum has received the highest level of certification by the Rick Hansen Foundation. Some accessibility features include level floors, a snow melt system, accessible seating, assistive listening systems, height of text & colour contrasts within the exhibits, legibility of texts, and multisensory experiences. The visually impaired also can use the app ‘key to access’ during their experience. There are family care rooms and gender neutral washrooms distributed throughout the museum. Service animals are allowed and personal support workers are offered free admission. The Museum is currently working with different communities to help develop an accessibility app aimed at enhancing the museum’s experience for all visitors.

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Education & Training
ARC Submissions

Rick Hansen Secondary School

Rick Hansen was at Abbotsford’s Rick Hansen Secondary School to announce they had received his foundation’s first gold rating for accessibility for schools. Rick Hansen Secondary is special because it strives to go above and beyond when serving those with disabilities. The elevators at the school are oversized to accommodate all types of wheelchairs and scooters. Other accessibility features include signage with raised lettering and Braille for the visually impaired, visual alarms in washrooms to indicate an emergency for those with hearing impairments, fully accessible washrooms on both floors and automated double-door entries. All of the Grade 9 students also use the Rick Hansen Foundation school program free tool kits and lesson plans to learn more about how to become leaders and champions for access and inclusion.

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Commercial Builds
ARC Submissions

351 Water

Rick Hansen was in St. John’s on behalf of the Rick Hansen Foundation to present awards to Husky Energy and East Port Properties as the first in Newfoundland and Labrador building to achieve the Accessibility Certified Gold rating. The tenants, building owners and managers worked together to create real change. Husky and 351 Water St were encouraged to have their sites rated for accessibility through a challenge led by the BOMA Canada (Building Owners and Managers Association Canada). Owned by TD Greystone Managed Investments and managed by East Port Properties Ltd., 351 Water St. provided improved accessibility within the building, which benefited over 555 people who work there each day as well as many visitors. Accessibility Features include use of natural lighting, doors with power operators on them, ergonomic workstations, various seating arrangements and more.

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Commercial Builds
ARC Submissions

Fairfield by Marriott Ottawa Airport

Guests that require accessibility features have a more difficult time finding a hotel that meets their needs. The Marriott in Ottawa, Ontario believes all guests should be able to travel at ease and have designed their hotel to be accessible to all. Beyond the rooms, this hotel has designed their common areas and created special services for those who require help. Their business center, fitness center, pool, entrances and front desk were all designed with these features. Depending on what their guest requires, they have different rooms to meet different needs. The Marriott in Ottawa continually works to improve their accessibility based off of the Rick Hansen Foundation’s guidelines.

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Commercial Builds
ARC Submissions

Marine Gateway

Rental properties, shops, office space and access to public transit are just some of the key features offered at Marine Gateway in South Vancouver. This area was built as an all in one service area, where people can live, work and enjoy the services provided. Three years after opening, the property manager wanted to do something bigger and better. Laura Malley wanted to ensure this area of Vancouver could serve the entirety of the population including those who require various accessible features. With assistance from the RHFAC program, Laura enlisted the help of trained professionals to determine the level of meaningful access of the buildings while considering all aspects of an individual’s experience in this space. After the rating process, Marine Gateway was awarded with the RHF Accessibility Certified Gold and has advertised their features ever since. Laura Malley and her team have worked to continually improve their buildings and promote accessibility awareness as a human right.

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Recreation & Travel
ARC Submissions

Halifax Stanfield International Airport

Halifax Stanfield has become the first facility in Nova Scotia to achieve the gold accessibility rating from the Rick Hansen Foundation. It is barrier-free, with wheelchair accessibility to all areas of the terminal building. They have created Autism Aviators, a program that eases the travel process for individuals on the autism spectrum. The program includes an annual mock travel day where individuals on the autism spectrum and their families get to experience airport processes. There are many accessible transportation options in and around the city of Halifax such as wheelchair accessible busses and taxis. Other features within the airport include accessible washrooms, telephones and pre arranged special needs assistance.

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Recreation & Travel
ARC Submissions

Mosaic Stadium

Halifax Stanfield has become the first facility in Nova Scotia to achieve the gold accessibility rating from the Rick Hansen Foundation. It is barrier-free, with wheelchair accessibility to all areas of the terminal building. They have created Autism Aviators, a program that eases the travel process for individuals on the autism spectrum. The program includes an annual mock travel day where individuals on the autism spectrum and their families get to experience airport processes. There are many accessible transportation options in and around the city of Halifax such as wheelchair accessible busses and taxis. Other features within the airport include accessible washrooms, telephones and pre arranged special needs assistance.

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Recreation & Travel
ARC Submissions

Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre

Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre has announced its certification as one of the first aquatics facilities in Canada to receive the Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certified Gold. Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre has a wide range of accessibility features including ramped access to pools and hot tubs, a portable lift for the pool, adapted fitness equipment, universally accessible changing rooms, and so on.

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Recreation & Travel
ARC Submissions

North Surrey Sport and Ice Complex

The North Surrey Sport & Ice Complex focused on inclusivity and accessibility when it came to designing and building. There are 10 accessible change rooms with enclosed showers for womens and co-ed teams.Players benches are also removable for to add space for the para-hockey teams.

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Healthcare & Wellness
ARC Submissions

SAP Vancouver Labs (SAP)

The SAP Labs in Vancouver, British Columbia were awarded the Rick Hansen Foundation’s ‘Accessibility Certified Gold’ under the new RHFAC program. SAP Labs is an office building and one of the first to integrate accessibility standards into every aspect of their building. This facility has features including highly visible wayfinding, wide pathways, quiet spaces and accessible equipment.

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Accessibility