Accessibility 2024 is a 10-year action plan to make B.C. more accessible for people with disabilities. More than half a million British Columbians self-identify as having a disability, or 15 percent of the population.
The plan is designed around 12 building blocks. These are the themes that emerged from the disability consultation process. The building blocks contain goals and commitments and create a vision of what success will look like.
What is Accessibility?
Accessibility is about providing people of all abilities with the opportunity to live full, inclusive lives.
Accessibility is about challenging our attitudes and beliefs about disabilities, and recognizing the value and contributions that people with disabilities can make to our workplaces, communities and economy.
By preventing and removing barriers that hinder the participation and inclusion of the approximately 15 per cent of British Columbians over the age of 15 that currently self-identify as having a disability, B.C. will be a better place to live, work and visit for everyone.
ASL video: "What is Accessibility?"
- March 1, 2017 - Cutting red tape improves services for British Columbians (Ministry of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction)
- February 27, 2017 - Work experience funding boosts Kootenay social enterprises (Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation)
- February 23, 2017 - New integrated online tool makes applying for income and disability assistance easier (Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation)
- February 23, 2017 - Province, Rick Hansen Foundation team up on housing accessibility (Ministry of Finance)
- February 22, 2017 - Government increases child benefit exemptions (Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation)
Two Years of Progress
Since Accessibility 2024 was launched in 2014, government, business and the disability community have worked together on implementing the plan, with advice and guidance from the Accessibility 2024 Leadership Team. While there’s still a lot to be done, there has been much progress in raising awareness around accessibility and building more inclusive B.C. communities and businesses.
The Accessibility 2024 Year Two Progress Update shares what has been done so far for each building block. Highlights include:
- Modernizing the Guide and Service Dog Act to provide handlers with equal access to all areas enjoyed by the public
- Raising asset limits to $100,000 and allowing cash gifts or inheritances with no impact for people on disability assistance
- Investing more than $4 million to support the success of people with disabilities in trades, technical and high-demand market programs
- Refreshing the Planning for the Future: Age-friendly and Disability-friendly Official Community Plans (PDF) guidebook which supports local governments to make their community plans more accessible and inclusive
- Providing funding to more than 1,600 households to modify their home through the Home Adaptations for Independence program
Visit each building block for goals, actions and highlights of progress to date: