Building a Better B.C. for People with Disabilities
We want to hear your ideas about what accessibility legislation in B.C. could look like.
The public consultation period is September 16, 2019 to November 29, 2019 at 4 pm PST
The B.C. government is committed to building a better B.C. for people with disabilities. We work with the disability and business communities, to help:
- Create opportunities for meaningful employment,
- Support greater independence, and
- Provide full community participation
for people with disabilities in B.C.
Building a Truly Inclusive B.C.
Government has a vision to make B.C. a truly inclusive province by 2024. This vision is designed around 12 building blocks. They reflect what was heard from British Columbians during the province-wide disability consultation.
Being truly inclusive means:
- Providing people of all abilities with the opportunity to fully participate in their communities
- Challenging our attitudes and beliefs about disabilities
- Recognizing the value and contributions that people with disabilities make to our workplaces, communities and economy
Approximately 15 per cent of British Columbians over 15 years old self-identify as having a disability. Our goal is to prevent and remove barriers so everyone can participate and feel included. This way, B.C. will be a better place to live, work and visit for everyone.
ASL video: What does being truly inclusive mean?
- July 31, 2019 - Research program to help people in the DTES get jobs (Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction)
- July 25, 2019 - Nearly 70 new affordable homes open in Quesnel (Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing)
- July 25, 2019 - Services for students – 2018-19 school year (Ministry of Education)
- July 23, 2019 - Number of families waiting for respite funding cut in half. Updated July 23, 2019, for clarification. (Ministry of Children and Family Development)
- July 22, 2019 - Actions to prevent overdoses in B.C. (Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions)
Other News and Resources
- December 3, 2018 - Canada accedes to the Optional Protocol to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (Government of Canada)
- November 14, 2018 - Government funds library network service expansion to make more published works available in formats accessible for Canadians with print disabilities (Government of Canada)
- June 20, 2018 - Minister Duncan introduces the proposed Accessible Canada Act (Government of Canada)
- May 17, 2018 - Government of Canada funds digital technologies to improve accessibility for Canadians with disabilities (Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada)
- April 30, 2018 - Government of Canada introduces legislation to modernize the electoral system, making it more accessible, transparent, and secure (Government of Canada Democratic Institutions)