Brampton aiming to become a more accessible city

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The City of Brampton has officially been selected as one of ten municipalities in the province where local organizations are eligible to apply for a complimentary Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification (RHFAC).

The Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification (RHFAC), is a program that rates the accessibility of buildings for people with disabilities.

Selected for its population size and geographic diversity, non-profit, public and private organizations in Brampton are now encouraged to take advantage of the free RHFAC rating.

This will help to better understand their building's level of accessibility and identify the ways in which they can make improvements.

Buildings that achieve a high enough rating will become Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certified or Accessibility Certified Gold.

The new complimentary RHFAC program is funded by the Government of Ontario in partnership with the Rick Hansen Foundation.

Their ultimate goal is to make communities more accessible.

"Brampton is a Mosaic, and at the City, we are committed to removing barriers for people with disabilities, and identifying opportunities to increase accessibility across our diverse community,” said Mayor Patrick Brown.

Regional Councillor, Pat Fortini said, “As the Council representative on the Accessibility Advisory Committee, I am proud of the work we are doing with the community to make Brampton more accessible for people of all ages and abilities.”

The City of Brampton's Accessibility Advisory Committee, which is made up of citizen members, will review all RHFAC program applications by the end of May and early June.

Applicants will be notified if their application was successful by July 3, 2020.

Roughly 25 locations across Brampton will be eligible for complimentary RHFAC ratings.

Applications must be submitted by March 27, 2020. 

Photo courtesy of the City of Brampton

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