The Accelerating Accessibility Coalition (AAC) is a first-of-its-kind community of real estate development and accessibility leaders that aims to create a more accessible Canada. It is challenging home builders to make physical accessibility a greater priority as they build the millions of new homes needed across Canada in the next decade.
ULI Toronto is serving as the AAC’s secretariat. See the news release from the November 29, 2022 launch event at the World Urban Pavilion – Powered by Daniels at Regent Park.
The coalition is underpinned by the belief that accessible housing benefits everyone, and that a sign of an inclusive and prosperous country is where people of all ages and abilities can participate fully in society, including having access to homes that are barrier-free. For Canada to fully realize this vision, the supply of accessible housing needs to match the important demand.
According to Statistics Canada, in 2017, one in five (22 percent) Canadians aged 15 years and over identified as having one or more disabilities and more than half (55.8 percent) reported having a physical disability. Among those with physical disabilities, 44.9 percent required at least one type of aid or assistive device or an accessibility feature within their home, including ramps, a walk-in bath or shower, a lift device or elevator, lowered counters, or automatic doors.
Yet many Canadians living with disabilities face significant barriers related to homes and facilities. As the population continues to age the challenges will continue to increase.
For more information, write to [email protected] with Accessibility Coalition in the subject line.
Accelerating Accessibility Coalition Founding Members
The following people and local and national organizations have signaled their commitment to accessibility and the coalition’s mission of significantly increasing the supply of accessible housing. See members’ Statements of Support here.
To join the coalition, send a Statement of Support to [email protected] with the subject line Accessibility Coalition and tell us why accessible housing is important to you and your organization.
Real estate development
- Cadillac Fairview
- Choice Properties REIT
- Crosswalk Communities
- EllisDon Community Builders
- Human Space
- Jeffrey Kerr, RE/MAX Prime Properties Unique Group
- Northcrest Developments
- Percy Ellis
- The Daniels Corporation
- BILD (Building Industry and Land Development Association)
- ULI (Urban Land Institute)’s Toronto District Council
- Accessible Housing Network
- Atlantic Accessibility Consulting
- Bellwoods Centres
- CNIB Frontier Accessibility
- Community Living Toronto
- Direct Access Consultancy
- L’Arche Toronto Homes Inc
- March of Dimes Canada
- Rick Hansen Foundation
- Spinal Cord Injury Ontario
- StopGap Foundation
- Sunnybrook Research Institute
- Yazmine Laroche
Civic and education
- Canadian Centre for Housing Rights (CCHR)
- John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, University of Toronto.
- Centre for Feminist Research, York University
The Accessibility Toolbox
The Accessibility Toolbox offers tools that developers can use today to make the homes they build more accessible, without waiting for building codes or legislation to catch up to the current and evolving needs of the Canadian population.
The toolbox highlights the work and best practices of participating coalition partners including standards, certifications, expert services, and connections to organizations representing people with disabilities. If you have a tool or tip for the toolbox, we want to hear from you! Write to [email protected] with Accessibility Coalition in the subject line.