Learn more about what the Accessible B.C. Regulation means for included organizations.
It requires organizations listed in the regulation to meet the requirements of Part 3 of the Accessible British Columbia Act. Government and listed organizations must establish:
The regulation comes into effect Sept. 1, 2022.
All organizations will have at least one year from when they are listed in the regulation to when they must comply. For organizations in the first phase, they must comply by September 1, 2023. For organizations in the second phase, this date is September 1, 2024.
Accessibility committees, to the extent possible, should have at least half of its members:
Membership should also reflect the diversity of British Columbians and have Indigenous representation. Committees may include members from inside or outside of the organization.
An accessibility plan should outline how the organization will identify, remove and prevent barriers to people in the organization or interacting with it. The plan must be reviewed and updated at least once every three years.
In developing or updating their plan, an organization must consult with its accessibility committee and consider specified principles:
In updating their plan, an organization must also consider comments received through its public feedback mechanism.
No. Organizations are not required to submit accessibility plans to government. However, organizations must make their accessibility plan available to the public, for example by publishing it on their website.
There are several strategies the organization could use to come into compliance, including:
The intent is to avoid potential duplication of work and encourage collaboration. For example, some local organizations may already be pooling accessibility resources and merging related advisory committees (like North Shore Advisory Committee on Disability Issues).
Government is providing $3 million over three years to support organizations to meet the legal requirements. Funds will be administered by Disability Alliance of BC.
No. The requirements under Part 3 of the Act are for:
The Accessible B.C. Act establishes a process for accessibility standards to be developed and adopted as regulations. Each regulation will clearly identify which organizations or class of organization it applies to.
No. While organizations are encouraged to make upgrades that will enhance accessibility, physical upgrades are not required under the Accessible British Columbia Regulation.
For more information about the Accessible B.C. Act please consult: