Accessibility legislation

Last updated: August 4, 2021

We are committed to supporting people with disabilities to meaningfully participate in their communities.

To support this, the Government of B.C. has passed accessibility legislation.

Accessible British Columbia Act implementation

There will be key actions in four different areas in years one through 10 of implementation.

Culture change

We will focus on culture change throughout. It means an emphasis on:

  • Ongoing awareness
  • Working closely with stakeholders and the public to help increase accessibility

Requirements for the B.C. government

Government is required to:

  • Build a tool to provide feedback to government
  • Develop government's accessibility plan
  • Establish the Provincial Accessibility Committee
  • Develop initial regulations prescribing organizations

Government will also release accessibility plans on a regular basis.

Monitoring and evaluation

Government reports each year on progress and success. The first independent review will occur after 5 years.

Standards development

Standards will be developed two at a time and will be implemented in a phased approach. As implementation begins for a standard, work will begin on developing the next one.

Provincial Accessibility Committee

With the Accessible British Columbia Act now law, government is establishing a committee to advise the minister on matters related to accessibility, and to support the development of accessibility standards.

At least half the members must be people with disabilities or representatives of disability-serving organizations.

Applications to serve on the 11-member Provincial Accessibility Committee closed on July 29, 2021. Membership will be announced fall 2021.