Over the course of the last year, the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission has met with many individuals and organizations to discuss barriers to accessibility in public buildings and spaces.
Stakeholders, including people with disabilities, builders and building officials, architects and advocates, readily acknowledge the difficulties that exist. At the same time, examples of effective barrier-free designs have also been acknowledged.
One such success is Mosaic Stadium in Regina. On August 24, 2019, Mosaic Stadium became the first venue of its kind in Canada to be recognized by the Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification (RHFAC) program for its efforts to accommodate people with disabilities. Some of the key features in the stadium include tactile way-finding, a washroom equipped with an adult change table, and charging stations for electric wheelchairs in the accessible seating area.
The new RHFAC “Certified Gold” designation recognizes that meaningful physical accessibility has been built into Mosaic Stadium. This recognition also represents the collaborative efforts of municipal, provincial, and community stakeholders to prioritize the inclusion and accommodation of people with disabilities.
The Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission is committed to the equal access, participation, and enjoyment of the built environment. Acknowledging success, working together to remove barriers, and promoting accessibility standards will contribute to these goals.
For more information about accessibility standards and their connection to The Saskatchewan Human Rights Code:
- The first-of-its-kind Barrier-Free Design Guide, produced by the Building Standards and Licensing Branch of the province.
- A summary of the relationship between national and provincial building standards, and human rights legislation.