As part of its mission to facilitate the full participation of people with disabilities in Canadian society, the RICK HANSEN FOUNDATION is launching a national award to recognize cities and towns across the nation which are finding solutions in addressing accessibility challenges in the built environment. The award will be given in 2017 – Canada’s 150th birthday year.
Today 3.8 million Canadians (13.7% of the adult population) have a disability. That’s about one in seven people. By 2036, Statistics Canada estimates that number will grow to between 7.7 and 8.7 million Canadians… as high as one in 5 adults.
One of the most significant barriers that people with disabilities still face is the built environment – essentially all the places that people live, work and play. See below for further information:
The Hansen Foundation hopes that this award will highlight leadership in the creation of more accessible places and spaces for people with disabilities , and encourage municipalities to extend and expand their efforts in this area.