Annual Report feature: The Responsible Personal Accessibility in Toronto Housing (R-PATH) Committee

Annual Report feature: The Responsible Personal Accessibility in Toronto Housing (R-PATH) Committee

July 28, 2020

​Toronto Community Housing continues to excel in accessibility for persons with physical disabilities. The R-PATH Committee (Responsible Personal Accessibility in Toronto Housing) is an important partner in this work. 

They are a group of Toronto Community Housing tenants living with physical disabilities and contribute the lived experience expertise to assist the corporation in providing the most inclusive communities possible.

R-PATH helped build the foundation for Toronto Community Housing’s successful application for federal and municipal co-funding, resulting in $1.34 billion for capital repairs. R-PATH will support staff in the implementation of the co-funding. 

The Toronto Community Housing Accessibility Build Standards were co-authored by R-PATH. 

R-PATH also contributed its expertise at the City of Toronto level. They met with Mayor John Tory advocating for the Toronto Community Housing Accessibility Build Standards to be added to the City’s Design Build Guidelines for Residential Units.

“The Toronto Community Housing Accessibility Build Standards for the built environment are the foundation to improving the quality of life in residential units and common spaces. It provides accommodation so people with physical disabilities can age in place longer and with a higher quality of life,” said Cathy Birch, Chair of R-PATH.

At the request of Mayor Tory, R-PATH is also assisting the City of Toronto by assessing multiple City properties with the lived experience accessibility lens.

“R-PATH is proud to continue to promote and advocate for higher quality of life for persons with physical disabilities in Toronto Community Housing and the City of Toronto,” said Birch.

Read more about this and other stories in the 2019 Annual Report.