Creating a welcoming, accessible B.C. for consumers and travellers with disabilities:
- Provides goods and services to residents with disabilities
- Provides goods and services to people with disabilities who travel to B.C.
B.C. is recognized as a premier accessible consumer and travel destination in North America by 2024.
How We Measure Success
- By the number of accessible B.C. visitor centres
- By the percentage of hotels in B.C. that are accessible and easy to identify
- Profiling and rating accessibility at more than 150 provincial and regional parks, trail systems and roadside heritage attracts in northern B.C. through the Access North project
- Created a BC Parks Accessibility Advisory Committee to advise on how to improve the visitor experience for people with disabilities in BC Parks
- Ensuring our Visitor Services are meeting evolving expectations for accessibility by providing $300,000 in funding for the application-based Visitor Services Innovation Fund (PDF) in each of 2016/17 and 2017/18 through Destination BC
- Upgrading rest stop accessibility at multiple sites
- Invested $10.5 million in 2015/16 to support accessible tourism through the Resort Municipality Initiative
- Partnered with the Rick Hansen Foundation to develop the Increasing Accessibility in BC Job Creation (PDF) Pilot Project, where people with disabilities were trained as accessibility specialists to complete site evaluations
- Completed key projects to improve accessibility in BC Parks including a fully accessible gondola in Stawamus Chief Provincial Park, an accessible boardwalk and viewing platform at Naikoon Park’s Tow Hill, and an accessible viewing platform in Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park
- Regularly update hellobc.com with information about existing and emerging accessible tourism opportunities, including accessible transportation, accommodation and things to do
Read more about what we've done over the last year in the Year Two Progress Update.