Our goal is to create the most inclusive travel experience possible – which is why celebrating Diversity Month in October is so important to us at YVR. We’ve recently made some huge strides to make sure we are doing everything we can to make sure you are comfortable flying in or out of Vancouver International Airport no matter who you are.
Washroom signage has been changed terminal wide to be more inclusive of transgender individuals. We encourage people to use the washroom of the gender with which they identify at YVR. For anyone wanting a bit more privacy, they can utilize private, single stall washrooms that have had signage adjusted to reflect their usage. Vancouver Airport Authority employees are now offered Queer Competency training to further support our efforts towards building a safe and inclusive environment for employees and passengers alike. These initiatives along with our strong presence at Vancouver Pride are reflective of our stance of acceptance and equality for the LGBTQ community.
We were proud to recently hold Culture Days festivities at YVR, partnering with Lattimer Gallery to showcase Haida art and performances from traditional dancers. Located on traditional Musqueam territory, YVR is always looking for ways to showcase Aboriginal culture to reflect our roots. We offer scholarships through the YVR Art Foundation to First Nations artists and recognize the importance of Aboriginal culture through our employee giving program, our community pillars and by proudly displaying First Nations artwork throughout the terminal.
YVR reached new altitudes for accessibility in the past year. We introduced resources to help families and individuals living with autism to help reduce stress and build confidence for future air travel. We also partnered with Air Transat, CATSA and Canucks Autism Network to host experiential tours of the airport so people could get used to the travel experience. This is in addition to the experiential tour we held with Spinal Cord Injury BC to help travellers in wheelchairs become more comfortable at YVR. We also recently unveiled our pet relief area to better accommodate people travelling with service animals, the first of its kind in Canada. These are in addition to regular employee training to better assist people with disabilities, and a new direction for our co-op program where we are encouraging applicants to self-identify and hiring from a diverse group of students including those living with disabilities.
If you have any suggestions on how YVR can be more accessible we encourage you to share them with us so we can implement them in the future. We are committed to providing a positive travel experience for everybody and create an inclusive airport that all travelers feel comfortable flying through. Happy dYVRsity month!