About the Project
There are more than 926,000 British Columbians over the age of 15 with some form of disability. This represents nearly 25% of the population. As the population ages, the number of people with disabilities and the severity of their disabilities are likely to increase.
The B.C. Government is committed to developing new laws, standards, and policies to better support people with disabilities to live with dignity and to meaningfully participate in their communities. Accessibility legislation would empower government, persons with disabilities, and the broader community to work together to identify, remove, and prevent barriers.
To gather feedback in preparation for the development of new laws, standards and policies, Shane Simpson, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction held a public engagement September 16 to November 29, 2019. People from across the province had the opportunity to have their say in what the creation of Accessibility Legislation should look like for British Columbians.
People participated by:
- Completing an online questionnaire;
- Sending their comments by email or telephone;
- Attending an in-person session in one of 10 locations;
- Participating in the virtual town hall;
- Attending an independent community meeting hosted by a library or non-profit organization.
Organizations, self-advocates and advocates were also invited to make formal submissions .
The input received will be considered by the B.C. Government. A summary report will be released in early 2020.