City of Kamloops Awarded Rick Hansen Foundation Funding Grant

Release date: 
March 25, 2019

The City of Kamloops is pleased to announce it has received a $12,300 funding grant through the Rick Hansen Foundation’s BC Accessibility Grants Program, which aims to break down physical barriers to accessibility in the built environment for people with disabilities.

With the participation of the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, this funding will be used to purchase a new portable aquatic lift for the Westsyde Pool and Fitness Centre. This lift will allow individuals with mobility challenges to access the swimming pool and hot tub.

The City of Kamloops and the community as a whole value all members of our diverse city and work to meet the needs of everyone. We are committed to removing barriers that might keep you, or someone close to you, from enjoying all of the great things Kamloops has to offer.

“In the consistent effort to break down barriers, the City of Kamloops performed an accessibility audit of the Westsyde Pool and Fitness Centre. Facility audits, along with many other initiatives, are part of the City’s commitment to becoming an increasingly accessible and inclusive community. These efforts are guided by the Accessibility and Inclusion Plan that Council adopted in 2018,” said Mayor Ken Christian. “The Accessibility and Inclusion Plan reflects the voices of Kamloops residents and combines their opinions, ideas, comments, and suggestions on how to increase accessibility and decrease barriers for people living with different abilities in our community. Our vision is to create an inclusive city where people of all abilities are living to their full potential.”

The City of Kamloops gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Rick Hansen Foundation and the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction.