Accessibility 2024 is a 10-year action plan to make B.C. more accessible for people with disabilities.
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.
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
Building BlocksVisit each building block for goals, actions and highlights of progress to date:
- July 18, 2016 - $50,000 for Pain BC summit with focus on strategy for treating chronic pain (Ministry of Health)
- July 15, 2016 - Tax-filing program pays off for people with disabilities (Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation)
- July 4, 2016 - Gaining accessibility knowledge of B.C.’s northern parks (Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation)
- July 4, 2016 - Province expands Tele-Mental Health to Cranbrook (Ministry of Children and Family Development)
- July 4, 2016 - handyDART expansion made possible by provincial funding lift (Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)
- June 30, 2016 – Innovation, partnerships creating opportunities for people with disabilities in B.C. (Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation)