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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 BC 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, and would like your feedback in preparation for their development.
Accessibility legislation would empower government, persons with disabilities, and the broader community to work together to identify, remove, and prevent barriers. Shane Simpson, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction would like your feedback in preparation for the development of new laws, standards and policies.
The opportunity to provide feedback will be open from September 16 to November 29, 2019 at 4 pm
During this time, you can share your feedback in several different ways including:
- Completing the online questionnaire. This will take approximately 10 minutes;
- Sending your comments by email or telephone;
- Attending an in-person session in one of nine locations;
- Participating in a virtual town hall;
- Community groups, libraries and other organizations can apply for resources for independent community meetings for up to $2,000 to host their own conversations and provide feedback. For details, visit SPARC BC.
Organizations, self-advocates and advocates can also make formal submissions that will be posted to this site.
After the consultation period ends, the BC Government will provide a summary of the feedback and input that has been received. This feedback and input will be used to inform the development of accessibility legislation for BC.