Ottawa airport receives gold rating from Rick Hansen

To mark International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3, Ottawa International Airport was presented with the Accessibility Certified Gold rating under the Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification (RHFAC) program.

RHFAC is the first program to rate meaningful access, based upon the holistic user experience of people with varying disabilities affecting their mobility, vision and hearing. To date, over 1,200 buildings have been rated through the program.

Mark Laroche, president and CEO of the Ottawa International Airport Authority, said, “The airport terminal, which opened in 2003, was built with accessibility in mind. We are delighted to have achieved this exceptional level of certification which is a tribute to the authority’s commitment to an accessible terminal for all passengers, employees and visitors.”

RHFAC is a program that rates the level of meaningful access in commercial, institutional and multi-residential buildings and sites, offering a snapshot of each site’s current level of accessibility.

For the Ottawa airport, notable accessibility features include universal washrooms with accessible features and roll-up, automatic drinking fountains.