Barrier- Free Access Housing at CFB Bagotville
The Canadian Forces Housing Agency ( CFHA) recently renovated a residential housing unit at CFB Bagotville. The improvements included modifying the kitchen, including the addition of specialized equipment, reconfiguring the main bedroom and a bathroom to include a rail- mounted patient lift system, including push buttons to automatically open doors, replacing the floor and reinforcing the access ramp. The purpose of these modifications was to make the housing suitable for people with mobility and neuromuscular or musculoskeletal impairments, which is significant progress in meeting the diverse needs of military family members. The Canadian Forces Housing Agency ( CFHA) offers housing solutions to Canadian Armed Forces members through the Military Housing Program. The Agency is committed to providing accessible solutions to meet the needs of occupants whose mobility is impaired. The Agency has already modified almost 10% of the DND portfolio ( about 1,200 units) in order to make hous- ing easily accessible and; therefore, meet the needs of Canadian Armed Forces ( CAF) families. As noted in Strong, Secure, Engaged: Canada’s Defence Policy, one of the new initiatives is improving the infrastructure in bases and wings, including CAF member housing. The policy recognizes that military service has a broader impact than only on those in uniform and includes several initiatives to improve the quality of life for CAF members and their families. Barrier- free access housing is one of the ways in which CFHA is contributing.