Accessible Built Environment

Supporting the design of accessible public spaces and encouraging communities to incorporate accessibility strategies into their Official Community Plans.

Our Goal

B.C. has the most accessible building code and the most declared accessible communities in Canada by 2024.

How We Measure Success

  • By the number of B.C. communities incorporating accessibility strategies into their Official Community Plans
  • By the percentage of publicly owned and leased facilities that are accessible

Highlights

  • Investing $75 million to construct a new building to accommodate the Maples Adolescent Treatment Centre for Youth and a Provincial Assessment Centre for people with developmental disabilities, part of government’s commitment to provide mental health care at Riverview, Coquitlam
  • Providing the Rick Hansen Foundation with $9 million to create and administer two housing and infrastructure programs that will reduce barriers for people with disabilities:
    • $5 million to create a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design® (LEED)-style certification program that will identify buildings and developments that are leaders in accessible design
    • $4 million to create an accessibility fund that public, private, First Nations and other groups can access to help fund projects that will lead to a more accessible B.C.
  • Refreshed 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
  • Reviewing accessibility provisions in the BC Building Code following the completion of accessibility provisions from the 2015 National Building Code
  • Worked with B.C. technology companies to be early adopters, and to showcase and test new accessibility technologies in B.C. government buildings
  • Created inclusion through technology by launching the #BCTECH Strategy which supports technology growth; B.C. technology initiatives that support inclusion and independence for people with disabilities include:
  • Developed guidelines for accessibility that communities can incorporate into their official community plans

Read more about what we've done over the last year in the Year Two Progress Update.

Resources