Building a Better B.C. for People with Disabilities
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)