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?
- January 3, 2019 - Multi-Lingual Phone Line Improves Accessibility (Ministry of Labour)
- December 17, 2018 - Penticton Centre Selected to Deliver Universal Low-Cost Child Care (Ministry of Children and Family Development)
- December 7, 2018 - Elders and Seniors Benefiting from New Housing (Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing)
- December 3, 2018 - Accessibility Grants Help Break Down Barriers to Inclusion (Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction)
- December 2, 2018 - Community Living BC Welcomes New Board Members (Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction)
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)