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?
- May 24, 2018 - B.C. proclaims AccessAbility Week – May 27 to June 2, 2018 (Province of British Columbia)
- May 18. 2018 - Michael Prince appointed as next CLBC chair (Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction)
- May 14, 2018 - Recovery program offers space for people to rebuild lives (Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions)
- May 11, 2018 - Improving supports for students is the focus of inaugural two-day mental-health conference (Ministry of Education)
- May 8, 2018 - Premier announces new school playgrounds for students throughout B.C. (Office of the Premier)
Other News and Resources
- 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)
- April 16, 2018 - Government of Canada brings medical inadmissibility policy in line with inclusivity for persons with disabilities (Government of Canada)
- April 9, 2018 - Surrey, Langley organizations can get accessibility projects funded (Cloverdale Reporter)
- March 1, 2018 - Psychiatric service dog handlers to get tax credit (Go to Part 3) (Government of Canada)