Building and fostering inclusive, welcoming communities throughout British Columbia.
More communities in B.C. are proclaimed accessible communities than anywhere in Canada by 2024.
How We Measure Success
By the number of B.C. communities declaring themselves accessible communities.
- Investing $1.7 million in Active Communities Grants for local governments to increase opportunities for physical activity through improving access, inclusion and/or healthy community design
- Recognized the 24th International Day of Persons with Disabilities. This day honours people with disabilities and organizations that are making your community a more vibrant, accessible and inclusive place for people with disabilities
- Improving services for people with disabilities at B.C. Parks through the BC Parks Future Strategy
- Provided $20 million in funding to construct the GoodLife Fitness Autism Hub. This centre supports individuals and families affected by Autism Spectrum and related disorders. November 9-16, 2016 was proclaimed Pacific Autism Family Centre Week to recognize the hub's opening
- Proclaimed Aboriginal Disability Awareness Month to recognize the contributions of Indigenous people with disabilities in B.C.
- Delivering a number of benefits to communities in the north through the Northern Sport Accessibility 2015 Initiative including community “Try-It!” events for wheelchair and/or adaptive sport, Run-Jump-Throw-Wheel and High Five training sessions, “Families in Motion” sessions and the first-ever northern BC Para-athlete Performance and Development Camp
- Launched a recognition initiative for B.C. Paralympic athletes at the Richmond Olympic Experience (opened November 2015) with stories, artefacts, images and accessible sport simulators
- Providing sport and arts programming for children with disabilities through the After School Sports and Arts Initiative
- Entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with leading Canadian sports organizations focused on providing greater opportunities for athletes with a disability to prosper and reach Paralympic success, and for Canada to become a world-leading Paralympic nation
- Provided $3 million towards an innovative, made-in-B.C. autism research project which will explore the benefits of parent coaching intervention for infants and toddlers who show early signs of Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Delivered 29 age-friendly community planning and project grants in 2016 totalling $508,400 to help support welcoming public spaces, accessible transportation, affordable housing options, employment and volunteer opportunities as well as information and services that increase accessibility for seniors in their communities
- Provided over $60,000 in provincial grants to disability sport organizations to host events (PDF)
- Delivered over $3 million in Community Gaming Grants (PDF, 1.4MB) to disability groups to support sports, arts and culture, and to contribute to the quality of life in a community (2015-2016)
- Provided approximately $100,000 to support sport programming for persons with a disability through the Federal/Provincial BC Sport Participation Program
- Provided $400,000 to KidSport BC in order to help children and teens play sports; this funding supports several disability sport groups
- Increased the hourly rates for clients in the Choice in Supports for Independent Living (CSIL) program, which helps those with significant disabilities better attract and retain support staff through competitive wages and increase the choice of care options
- Through the BC Libraries Co-op, support the National Network for Equitable Library Service and encourage the public library system to make materials available in accessible formats
- Awarded Dr. Jaimie Borisoff $131,000 through the British Columbia Knowledge Development Fund (BCKDF) for his project Accessible Technology for Mobility & Community Participation; the funding further leveraged $236,000 from the Canada Foundation for Innovation and other sources, for a total investment of $368,000 in research infrastructure for accessibility research at BCIT
- Refreshed the Planning for the Future: Age-friendly and Disability-friendly Official Community Plans (PDF) guidebook which supports local governments to make their community plans more accessible and inclusive
- Provided $2 million in funding to University of Victoria’s CanAssist program for the CanStayHome program in 2014, and an additional $3 million in 2015 to fund technology development geared to support independence for people with physical and cognitive disabilities
- Partnered with the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility, providing $4.5 million in funding to support seniors receiving home care support, seniors at moderate or high risk of falls, and elders in First Nations communities
- Improving mental health, reducing problematic substance use, and addressing mental illness for all British Columbians in Healthy Minds, Healthy People: A Ten-Year Plan to Address Mental Health and Substance Use in British Columbia (PDF, 2.7MB)
- Through the Community Action Initiative, awarded $2.9 million in grants to 16 community-based projects that promote positive mental health for British Columbians
- $3 million in funding over three years to the Brain Injury Alliance to support those with brain injuries (2015-2017)
Read more about what we've done over the last year in the Year Two Progress Update.