Promoting Fairness and Equality
Every person is unique and the disability community itself is diverse and vibrant. People with disabilities are individuals with varied backgrounds. Social and economic factors as well as race, gender, sexual orientation, religion greatly impact the experiences of individuals.
To inform provincial accessibility legislation, we will be guided by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) and the principle of ‘Nothing About Us, Without Us’. In this spirit, we hope many people with lived experience of disability will participate in the consultation. There are many ways to contribute your thoughts and ideas.
United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD)
Accessibility legislation will help advance the Government of British Columbia’s support for the UNCRPD and its Optional Protocol, which call for greater accessibility and opportunities for persons with disabilities on an equal basis with others.
The principles enshrined in the UNCRPD will be fundamental to the development of accessibility legislation for B.C. These include the values of inherent dignity, individual autonomy, non-discrimination, respect for difference, gender equality and respect for the rights of children with disabilities.
United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP)
The Government of British Columbia has endorsed the UNDRIP and is committed to its full adoption and implementation along with the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. On Nov. 28, 2019, B.C.’s Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act came into effect. Indigenous persons with disabilities face unique and serious accessibility challenges and are an important part of the disability community. Accessibility legislation will seek to support true and lasting reconciliation with Indigenous persons.