Accessibility initiatives and programs are guided by a team made up of government, the disability community and the business community to see what we, as a society, can do to reduce barriers and increase accessibility for people living with disabilities.
The Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction is leading this initiative for government, supported by the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction for Accessibility.
External Advisory Groups
Becoming the most accessible province in Canada for people with disabilities requires partnerships across government as well as across sectors. Government works closely with external advisory groups who provide advice, guidance and leadership.
The Minister's Council on Employment and Accessibility is a forum comprised of individuals with disabilities and family members as well as representatives from the business, non-government and government sectors who advise the Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction on solutions and strategies to increase employment and accessibility for persons with disabilities.
The Presidents Group is an advisory committee to government comprised of prominent business leaders in B.C. to champion advice, learnings, employment and consumer opportunities and improved outcomes for people with disabilities. The creation of the Presidents Group arose from a recommendation from the Minister's Council on Employment and Accessibility.
The Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) Action Group is made up of influential leaders in B.C who have demonstrated a commitment to promoting the benefits of RDSPs in their sectors and communities. This group was created as part of government's commitment within the 10-year Accessibility action plan to create a group to champion the RDSP to improve the financial security of people with disabilities.
Government also consults with a number of different groups, including the Supporting Increased Participation (SIP) group. The SIP group is comprised of representatives from the Canadian Mental Health Association (BC and Yukon Division), Inclusion BC, Social Planning and Research Council (SPARC), Community Legal Assistance Society (CLAS), B.C. Aboriginal Network on Disability Society (BCANDS) and the Disability Alliance BC (formerly known as the BC Coalition of People with Disabilities). The group advises the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction on solutions and strategies to support increased participation for persons with disabilities in B.C.
Accessibility is a government-wide initiative that includes:
- Advanced Education, Skills and Training
- Attorney General
- Children and Family Development
- Environment and Climate Change Secretariat
- Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation
- Jobs, Trade and Technology
- Municipal Affairs and Housing
- Social Development and Poverty Reduction
- Tourism, Arts and Culture
- Transportation and Infrastructure
- BC Public Service Agency
- Public Guardian & Trustee of B.C.
- BC Housing
- BC Transit
- Community Living BC
Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM) Accessibility Committee
The Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM) Accessibility Committee has been structured to ensure full and ongoing cross-government and agency support and commitment for Accessibility.
The Accessibility Secretariat acts to support the 10-year Accessibility action plan. Reporting up through the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, the Secretariat tracks and reports out on progress made towards becoming the most progressive province in Canada for people with disabilities.