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Competition promotes basic accessibility in Canadian housing

The Awards of Excellence in VisitAble Housing have been launched as part of the Canadian Centre on Disability Studies’ (CCDS) VisitAbility Project and will highlight and celebrate VisitAble Housing in Canada. “VisitAble Housing” or “VisitAbility” is the concept of designing and building homes with basic accessibility and that provide easy access on the main level for everyone.

The Awards are a one-time program, and national in scope. All entries must be received by 11:59pm (Central Time, Manitoba) on February 28, 2015.

Eligible housing projects must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Incorporate all three VisitAbility features:

          1) No-step entrance at the front, back or side of the house;
          2) Wider doorways and clear passage on the main floor;                
          3) a main floor bathroom that can be accessed by visitors with mobility devices.

  • Built, renovated, developed, and/or created between January 1, 2005 and December 31, 2014.
  • Be located in Canada.
  • Be in compliance with local building regulations at the time the project was built.

Anyone (e.g., architects, builders, developers, owners, general citizens) may submit entries regardless of their direct involvement in the project. Those submitting entries must have permission from the project owner at the time of submission. Multiple entries are accepted.

Entry Process
More information about the Awards can be found on the following link:

To proceed directly to the entry form, please click on the following link:

Any questions about the Awards of Excellence in VisitAble Housing should be emailed to You can also reach Youn-Young Park or Allen Mankewich at 204-287-8411.

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