Thank You for Your Participation

On December 3rd, 2013 – International Day of Persons with Disabilities – the B.C. government launched a consultation to better understand how government, businesses and communities can increase accessibility and decrease barriers for people living with disabilities.

We would like to thank all of you for all of the thoughtful, balanced and insightful responses that you provided in the last few months. More than 25,000 people participated in this conversation, which closed on March 11th – the anniversary of Canada’s ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Work is now underway to develop the Disability White Paper – a document that will reflect the voices of these British Columbians about how we can better support people with disabilities to fully participate in our communities.

This Disability White Paper will be shared publicly in May or early June, followed by a Summit in mid-June that will bring together leaders in the disability community, government and the business community to discuss how the ideas and actions in the White Paper can be implemented in communities, workplaces and across government.

Guided by a leadership team made up of government, the disability community and the business community, this approach is modeled after an important pledge in the disability community– ‘nothing about us without us’.

Over the coming weeks, we will be sharing all of the comments, suggestions and solutions submitted over the past few months, as well as updated information about the White Paper and the Summit.


A Bright and Barrier-Free Future (by Marco Pasqua)

It’s not every day that most people get the opportunity to make a profound impact on their community, let alone their province. When I was selected to be a “Community Champion,” as part of the Disability White Paper Consultation, I [...]

Thanks for your input B.C.! Now time for next steps (by Minister Don McRae)

Yesterday marked the fourth anniversary of Canada’s ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities—the first international treaty that comprehensively recognizes the rights of people with disabilities, and promotes respect for their inherent dignity. Canada was [...]

Road Story #7 – The Road Back to the Capital City (by Susan Mader)

This week, we wrapped up an insightful and diverse week on the road. Our stops included a session at the Kermode Friendship Society in beautiful Terrace, followed by an incredibly impactful session for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community [...]