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Ten City of Brampton facilities Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certified


​BRAMPTON, ON (December 2, 2021, 2021) – Ten City of Brampton facilities have received a Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certified rating through the Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification™ (RHFAC) program. The City was awarded the complimentary ratings as part of a joint initiative between the Province of Ontario and the Rick Hansen Foundation. By receiving these complimentary RHFAC ratings, the City can continue to work to better understand the selected buildings’ levels of accessibility, identify future accessibility improvements and enhance accessibility standards that are currently in place.

The City facilities that have been certified by the RHFAC program include:

  • City Hall – 75 per cent
  • Bramalea Transit Terminal – 74 per cent
  • Brampton Gateway Transit Terminal – 74 per cent
  • BFES Apparatus and Maintenance Facility –  73 per cent
  • Gore Meadows – 72 per cent
  • Cassie Campbell – 71 per cent
  • Springdale Library Branch – 71 per cent
  • The Rose Theatre –  70 per cent
  • Lester B. Pearson Theatre – 70 per cent
  • POA Courthouse – 68 per cent

The City of Brampton and its Accessibility Advisory Committee are dedicated to ensuring people of all ages and abilities enjoy the same opportunities as they live, work, play, visit and invest in Brampton. To learn more about accessibility at the City, visit www.brampton.ca/accessibility

About the Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification™ program

The RHFAC program uses trained professionals to provide accessibility ratings using the RHFAC methodology for businesses and public buildings to help property managers and owners determine ways to remove identified barriers, in turn making their spaces and communities more accessible. Organizations that are rated through the RHFAC program get a confidential scorecard rating and report of key areas of success and improvement for their location. Learn more about the program at www.rickhansen.com/ontarioratings

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“The City of Brampton is a Mosaic, and we are committed to removing barriers for people with disabilities so that everyone in our diverse community can participate fully. We are proud that ten of our facilities have been Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certified, and welcome the feedback we received from the Rick Hansen Foundation. By better understanding our locations’ levels of accessibility, we can continue to work towards making a City that is more inclusive and accessible for all.”
- Patrick Brown, Mayor, City of Brampton

“As a member of the City of Brampton's and Region of Peel’s Accessibility Advisory Committees, I am happy to hear that ten of our locations received a Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certified rating and meet mandatory certification requirements, and recognize we still have work to do. Removing barriers makes our community accessible for everyone, and in understanding our buildings’ levels of accessibility, we can continue to make informed accessibility improvements, allowing all residents to enjoy City facilities.”
- Pat Fortini, Regional Councillor, Wards 7 and 8, Accessibility Advisory Committee Council Member, City of Brampton; Member, Region of Peel Accessibility Advisory Committee

“At the City of Brampton, we are committed to building a Mosaic City that serves people of all abilities. These RHFAC ratings provide us with insights on how to make our facilities more accessible for all Brampton residents, and puts us in a position to make future accessibility improvements accordingly.”
- David Barrick, Chief Administrative Officer, City of Brampton

“I want to congratulate the City of Brampton for achieving RHF Accessibility Certified for ten sites and taking the first step toward developing a welcoming environment for everyone, everywhere.  The City of Brampton is demonstrating real leadership in an industry that holds the key to the full participation of people with disabilities, their friends, and their families.”
- Brad McCannell, Vice President of Access and Inclusion at the Rick Hansen Foundation

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