New regulations, next step to barrier-free BC: province

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Starting in September, more than 750 organizations will begin establishing accessibility committees, plans and feedback mechanisms under the Accessible BC Regulation.

In June 2021, the Accessible BC Act came into force.

The Act’s requirements now expand to include school districts, post-secondary institutions, public libraries and local governments.

“In British Columbia, more than 926,000 people with disabilities face barriers in their daily lives when accessing services,” said Nicholas Simons, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction.

The Accessible BC Act defines barriers as anything that interferes with the equal participation in society of a person with a disability. According to the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, this can include environments, attitudes, policies, information and technology.

The government is allocating $3 million over the next three years to ensure organizations meet legal requirements. Funding will be distributed by Disability Alliance BC.

The regulations will require the more than 750 public sector organizations to also recognize AccessAbility Week each year. This year, Accessibility Week will take place from May 29 to June 4.

Thumbnail photo credit: Province of British Columbia

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