Accessibility 2024 Leadership
Accessibility 2024 is guided by a team made up of government, the disability community and the business community to see what we, as a society, can do to reduce barriers and increase accessibility for people living with disabilities.
The Minister of Social Development and Social Innovation is leading this initiative for government, supported by the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Social Development and Social Innovation for Accessibility.
External Advisory Groups
Becoming the most accessible province in Canada for people with disabilities requires partnerships across government as well as across sectors. Government works closely with external advisory groups who provide advice, guidance and leadership.
The Minister's Council on Employment and Accessibility is a forum comprised of individuals with disabilities and family members as well as representatives from the business, non-government and government sectors who advise the Minister of Social Development and Social Innovation on solutions and strategies to increase employment and accessibility for persons with disabilities.
The Presidents Group is an advisory committee to government comprised of prominent business leaders in B.C. to champion advice, learnings, employment and consumer opportunities and improved outcomes for people with disabilities. The creation of the Presidents Group arose from a recommendation from the Minister's Council on Employment and Accessibility.
The Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) Action Group is made up of influential leaders in B.C who have demonstrated a commitment to promoting the benefits of RDSPs in their sectors and communities. This group was created as part of government's commitment within Accessibility 2024 to create a group to champion the RDSP to improve the financial security of people with disabilities.
Government also consults with a number of different groups, including the Supporting Increased Participation (SIP) group. The SIP group is comprised of representatives from the Canadian Mental Health Association (BC and Yukon Division), Inclusion BC, Social Planning and Research Council (SPARC), Community Legal Assistance Society (CLAS), B.C. Aboriginal Network on Disability Society (BCANDS) and the Disability Alliance BC (formerly known as the BC Coalition of People with Disabilities). The group advises the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation on solutions and strategies to support increased participation for persons with disabilities in B.C.
Accessibility 2024 is a government-wide initiative that includes:
- Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation
- Advanced Education
- Children and Family Development
- Community, Sport and Cultural Development
- Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Ministry Responsible for Labour
- Natural Gas Development and Ministry Responsible for Housing
- Social Development and Social Innovation
- Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services
- Transportation and Infrastructure
- BC Public Service Agency
- Public Guardian & Trustee of B.C.
- BC Housing
- BC Transit
- Community Living BC
Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM) Accessibility Committee
The Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM) Accessibility Committee has been structured to ensure full and ongoing cross-government and agency support and commitment for Accessibility 2024.
The Accessibility Secretariat acts to support Accessibility 2024. Reporting up through the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation, the Secretariat tracks and reports out on progress made towards becoming the most progressive province in Canada for people with disabilities.