Universal Access Capital Projects Working Group


Established in Fall 2013, the Universal Access Capital Projects Working Group (UACP-WG) oversees the approval and execution of capital projects that enhance campus accessibility. These projects are inspired by  universal design principles  and render McGill buildings and properties more accessible to McGill community members and visitors. 

Call for Proposals 

  • Calls for proposals will be issued annually with a submission window of minimum 6 weeks  
  • Applicants can continue to submit proposals on a rolling basis, that will be reviewed at the next meeting of the UACPWG  
  • Applicants are requested to use the Universal Access Capital Projects Proposal Form 
  • Proposals must be sponsored by a Dean or senior administrator of the given unit, the Office for Students with Disabilities, or a student society 

Submit a Proposal

Proposals are accepted on an ongoing basis via the Universal Access Capital Projects Proposal Form. If you have a question, or require clarification on the process, you can contact Accessibility Advisor, Rachel.desjourdy [at] mcgill.ca (subject: UACPWG) (Rachel Desjourdy).

Project Selection Criteria

In order to be eligible for funding, projects must meet the definition of a capital project. Proposals requesting funding for equipment, furniture or other non-capital expenses are not eligible. The UACPWG will evaluate the project submissions on a rolling basis.

Projects are selected for funding through the working group based on: 

  • Their alignment with institutional goals tied to accessibility, equity, diversity and inclusion
  • The financial allocation available to the UACPWG (At present, the UACPWG has a 2M$ annual allocation for capital projects)

The UACP-WG will report annually to the Senate Committee on Physical Development, which will in turn report annually on the UACP-WG’s activities to Senate.


Associate Provost (Equity & Academic Policies) - Chair 
Director of Design Services (or delegate)
Accessibility Advisor (Office of the Provost and Vice-Principal Academic)
Chair of the Joint Board-Senate Committee on Equity, Subcommittee on Person with Disabilities
Director of the Office for Students with Disabilities (or delegate)
Senior Advisor Disability Management in Human Resources (or delegate)
SSMU representative
PGSS representative
2 Members at large (one faculty and one member of admin and support staff)

McGill University is situated on the traditional territory of the Kanien’kehà:ka, a place which has long served as a site of meeting and exchange amongst nations. We recognize and respect the Kanien’kehà:ka as the traditional custodians of the lands and waters on which we meet today.

For more information about traditional territory and tips on how to make a land acknowledgement, visit our Land Acknowledgement webpage.

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