Building a Better B.C. for People with Disabilities
The BC 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 BC 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?
- March 22, 2019 - New affordable housing coming soon for seniors in Merritt (Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing)
- March 20, 2019 - B.C. government doubling grant funding to provide low-cost dental care to more people (Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction)
- March 20, 2019 - B.C. Conservation Officer Service adds second detection dog (Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy)
- March 18, 2019 - Province launches first poverty reduction strategy, TogetherBC
(Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction)
- March 13, 2019 - Seniors in Sechelt will soon have affordable rental homes (Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing)
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)