The Korean Canadian Cultural Association (KCCA) mainly exists to serves the 120 000 Korean-Canadians in the GTA, however access to the KCCA center’s second floor is limited to a staircase. The KCCA wishes to include those with limited mobility in its many programs and services located on the second floor by installing an elevator. Increasing accessibility in this way will allow many more people to engage in the KCCA’s wide range of activities, programs, and services. The KCCA will be able to create programs specifically for the physically disabled without worrying about accessibility issues.
The second floor includes classes on the following topics: computers, smart phones, Microsoft Word, Photoshop, English, Chinese, photography, painting, and the flute. The second floor also includes a library with over 6 000 books, a conference room where workshops are held (like the RBC financial workshop), the Korean Counselling Centre of Toronto, the Korean Canadian Schools Association of Ontario, the Association of Korean-Canadian Scientists and Engineers, All TV, and the For You Telecare Service. The only barrier preventing people with limited mobility from enjoying these activities and resources is that they cannot physically get to the second floor.
The benefits to the North York community will be significant and include removing barriers which prevent mobility limited individuals from accessing all of the KCCA, increasing the diversity of current programs and events, and strengthening the ability of the KCCA to fulfill its mandate. It is the KCCA’s mandate to serve Korean-Canadians in the GTA and to promote Korean culture and traditions.