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Rick Hansen Foundation gets funding to improve building accessibility in B.C.

The province and the Rick Hansen Foundation are teaming up to improve building accessibility in B.C.

Finance Minister, Michael de Jong, announced today that the foundation would will receive $9 million to further their work in the field.

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“The Rick Hansen Accessibility Certification program moves B.C. toward being an innovator and a leading example of building designs that support inclusive communities and ensure accessibility for all citizens,” said de Jong.

The funding will be split up to create and administer a pair of housing and infrastructure programs with an aim to reduce barriers for people with disabilities.

That includes $5 million to support the foundation as they create a LEED-style certification program to help identify buildings and developments that are leaders in accessible design.

The other $4 million will be used to start an accessibility fund that community organizations and businesses can access to help fund projects that will lead to a more accessible B.C.

“As we continue along our path of making B.C. the most inclusive and progressive province in Canada, it’s important that we continue to work with organizations throughout the province to help us reach our goals for all British Columbians,” commented Minister of Social Development, Michelle Stilwell. “Our continued collaboration with the Rick Hansen Foundation is helping to make B.C. more accessible.”

The funding supports Accessibility 2024, the 10-year plan to make B.C. the most progressive province for people with disabilities by 2024.

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