WVML announces Rick Hansen Foundation Access4All Barrier Buster project

West Vancouver Memorial Library announces Rick Hansen Foundation Access4All Barrier Buster project

Accessibility Ramp to contribute to a more inclusive and accessible Canada

West Vancouver, B.C. – West Vancouver Memorial Library announced today a $30,000 funding grant through the Rick Hansen Foundation’s Access4All Program. The grant will support the West Vancouver Memorial Library’s “Barrier Buster” project, an infrastructure improvement to the accessibility path from the parking lot to the entrance. The Barrier Buster project is made possible by The Rick Hansen Foundation Access4All Canada 150 Signature Initiative, supported by the Government of Canada.

The new accessibility ramp will ensure that the entire community has access to the West Vancouver Memorial Library. The West Vancouver Memorial Library provides services that enable people with disabilities to participate in community life, including alternative format collections, accessible computing devices and software, public internet access, staff assistance with technology and information seeking and safe interior public spaces with reading rooms and lounges.

Construction on the accessibility ramp will begin in June. The new ramp from the accessible parking lot to the front entrance of the Library, designed by SHAPE Architecture, improves the slope, angle and visibility of the current route by:

  • Lowering the grade at the parking lot level;
  • Defining the path with retaining walls that separate it from the pedestrian walkway at the base;
  • Surfacing the path with an anti-slip material;
  • Adding lights in the north retaining wall to improve visibility and wayfinding at night.

The Library is grateful to the District of West Vancouver for providing the additional funding for the Accessibility Ramp Project.

An Access4All Fair will be held at the Library in the early fall in partnership with the North Shore Advisory Committee on Disability Issues and West Vancouver Schools to celebrate the completion of the project and to promote values and awareness of access and inclusion of people with disabilities.   

“With support from the Government of Canada and the Rick Hansen Foundation, West Vancouver Memorial Library wants to help ensure that every individual has the opportunity to realize their full potential, and it begins with creating inclusive and accessible communities all across our nation,” said West Vancouver Memorial Library Board Chair, David Carter. “We are proud to be part of the Canada 150 Access4All program, andthe Accessibility Ramp Project will play an important role in building a world without barriers. We would like to thank our community for their ongoing support in realizing this vision.”

“The West Vancouver Memorial Library is open and welcoming to all and is a critical community resource for people with disabilities,” said Director of Library Services, Jenny Benedict. “This project will leave a lasting legacy of improved accessibility and awareness in our community.”

For more information, please contact:

Celina O’Connor, Communications Coordinator

coconnor@westvanlibrary.ca, 604-925-7407.


On this upcoming milestone of Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation, the Rick Hansen Foundation, with support from the Government of Canada, invited schools and community groups to learn more about accessibility, identify barriers and apply for grants of up to $30,000 to undertake and celebrate accessibility infrastructure improvements in public places and spaces.   

For more information on Rick Hansen’s Access4All program, please visit: www.rickhansen.com/access4all

Canada’s 150th is an opportunity to celebrate the values of our great country with pride: values such as inclusion, diversity, compassion and access for everyone.As we celebrate these values, it’s also important that we create lasting impacts. Together, we can create an accessible Canada and leave a lasting legacy for our country’s 150th.

For more information on the Canada 150 Signature initiative, please visit: http://canada.pch.gc.ca/eng/1468262573081


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