StopGap Foundation is raising awareness and removing barriers to create a world where every person can access every space! Through StopGap Community Ramp Projects and Ramps on Request, single step businesses are provided with access ramps to eliminate barriers in the built environment and create inclusive spaces we can all live, work and play in.
StopGap ramps were originally intended to provide greater access for wheelchair and mobility device users, yet many others find them incredibly useful as well - a fundamental of good universal design. As ramps do not present a perfect or comprehensive solution, the Foundation also acts as a leader in advocating for change on a larger scale by working collaboratively with policy makers, designers, builders, architects, and community energizers. The brightly coloured ramps spark curiosity and invite people to think and talk about accessibility in fun and innovative ways.
Since 2011, StopGap Community Ramp Projects have taken place in:
Belleville, ON ● Calgary, AB ● Charlottetown, PEI ● Cranbrook, BC ● Guelph, ON ● Haliburton County, ON ● Halifax, NS ● Hamilton, ON ● Kenora, BC ● Kingston, ON ● Kitchener–Waterloo, ON ● London, ON ● Markham, ON ● Montréal, QC ● Orillia, ON ● Ottawa, ON ● Peterborough, ON ● Port Credit, ON ● Port Hope, ON ● Prince George, BC ● Sarnia–Lambton, ON ● Seaforth, ON ● Steveston, BC ● Stouffville, ON ● Stratford, ON ● Toronto, ON ● Vernon, BC ● with others joining this summer!
The Foundation relies on donations to fund these initiatives and gives a huge shout out to our amazing community of supporters. Thank you for helping stop the gap!
Learn more about how you can get involved and become a change-maker at stopgap.ca
What People Are Saying
"StopGap has completely changed how I interact with my community. Before the ramp project, I often felt left out from social events. These ramps have demonstrated the problem to be fixed is not my disability, it is the single step barrier preventing me from going out to dinner with my wife."
— Dan Harvey, London ON
"Because we are both a shop, and community charity space it meant a lot to us to be able to make our storefront accessible. Thank you StopGap!"
— Jon Carroll, Charlie's Bike Joint / Charlie's Freewheels, Toronto ON
"Luke's openness to address student curiosity, his genuine positivity and obvious drive to help others, be it in the realm of physical ease of accessibility or understanding of different life situations, truly struck a cord."
— Megan McGee, Grade 5/6 English, Allenby Public School
"There it was: a mobile, yet very sturdy gateway through our front doors. Now all of our customers can enter through our front door with ease and dignity and we are thrilled to be able to accommodate them as such."
— Eric Saltzman, Caplansky's, Toronto ON
"Within an hour of the ramp being set in place we were complimented on how helpful it was."
— Peter Sellers, Sellers & Newel Second-Hand Books, Toronto ON