Rick Hansen Foundation awards gold certification to YVR for accessibility

YVR has received an ‘Accessibility Certified Gold’ rating under the Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification (RHFAC) program.

YVR is the first airport to receive the rating and is the highest rated building in the program.

The RHFAC program is based upon the holistic user experience of people with varying disabilities affecting their mobility, vision and hearing and is the first of its kind to measure the level of meaningful access beyond building code standards.

To date, more than 1,100 buildings across B.C. are registered to be rated.

In achieving this certification rating, YVR has removed barriers and improved accessibility for employees, passengers and partners—achieving the highest score of any rated building to-date with 93 out of 100 points.

YVR has a broad range of accessibility features that led to this score including:

  • Universal food and service counters for people using wheeled mobility devices
  • Low-resistance carpeting for easier movement and greater stability
  • Textured terminal flooring to assist with wayfinding
  • Curbside ramps and assistance
  • Accessible parking in all lots with accessible bus service to long-term parking
  • Universal seating throughout the terminal
  • Universally accessible washrooms
  • Pet relief areas for individuals travelling with assistance animals
  • Adaptive speakers throughout the terminal building
  • Clearly marked signage and wayfinding
  • Customer care staff trained in accessibility

For more on the Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification program, please visit rickhansen.com/RHFAC.