special project

Accessibility upgrades

Mossom Creek Hatchery and Education Centre is the first gold-certified building in the City of Port Moody under the Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification (RHFAC) program and the first fish hatchery in Canada to achieve this high standard. In May 2023, we held an event to recognize the continued support of partners, local businesses, community members, and the Mossom Creek Hatchery Accessibility Upgrade Project Team and celebrate our shared efforts to bring attention to the importance of accessibility and inclusiveness for all.

To read the Rick Hansen Foundation Press Release, click here.


Accessibility Features before Upgrade
o Concrete Ramp access to second floor on west side of building
o Concrete bridge from ramp to second floor entry
o Lever door handles
o Accessible washrooms on first and second floor
o Ramp access over door thresholds from interior of building to the exterior deck
o Detectible warning pads at top of stairs
o Wheel Chair accessibility around all hatchery equipment
o Overhead doors were installed to hatchery for ease of access during fry release
and egg take

Features added to reach the goal of gold Certification under the RHFAC Program
o Designated accessible parking areas provided
o Automatic door operators to two entry doors
o Accessible door operator push buttons with bear proof covers
o FOB access call buttons provided for people unable to lift the bear covers
o Accessible passenger designated drop off area provided
o Designated accessible parking areas provided
o Wayfinding signage added
o Emergency Strobe warning alarms to washrooms
o Ramp to viewing platform
o Door surrounds identified with contrast paint color
o Safety vision strips to door glass and sidelites
o Height adjustable desk in office
o Assistive listening system in Education center
o Portable voice amplifier
o Accessible microwave installed in below counter in kitchen
o Clearly marked one edge of pathway from lower to upper building
o Provided resting bench part way up pathway
o Kickplates added to doors
o Adjusted height of fire extinguishers for wheel chair access
o Open roll dispenser for toilet paper added in washrooms
o Changed dual handle faucets to single handles in washrooms
o Warning strobe light in office
o Insulate exposed pipes in washrooms
o Wayfinding signage to interior of building

project team



Patrick is a volunteer with Mossom Creek Hatchery and also served on the board of BIMES in 2014-2017. Pat was instrumental in the hatchery and education centre rebuild and has championed accessibility upgrades for the hatchery.

project supporters

The Mossom Creek Hatchery project was realized with the hard work and generous support of numerous collaborative community partnerships including:

  • Advanced Listening Systems
  • City of Port Moody
  • Rick Hansen Foundation
  • Done Right Painting and Sandblasting
  • Uli Egger
  • Fast Signs of Coquitlam
  • Tracy Green
  • Harbourview Electric Ltd
  • Kerry Burns
  • Marcon Albert Limited Partnership
  • Nick Butorac
  • Jeff Little
  • Pacific Salmon Foundation
  • Patrick Dennett Project Management
  • Port Moody Fire Fighters
  • Pottinger Bird
  • Rotary Club of Port Moody
  • Royal Canadian Legion Coquitlam Branch 263
  • Rowan Langtry
  • Tony Nootebos
  • Stan Prince
  • Titan Window Films
  • TOD Developers Moody Centre
  • Tri City Plumbing & Heating
  • Vancity Savings
  • Vancouver Regional Construction Association