British Columbia Framework for Accessibility Legislation

Community Meetings


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 Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction 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.


Join the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction at an in-person meeting and share your thoughts on accessibility legislation that will help build an inclusive British Columbia.


To register for one of nine community meetings to share your ideas on how to make B.C. more accessible, please visit here



Resources for Independent Community Meetings


There is $2000 in funding and resources and materials available to support communities wishing to hold their own meetings to provide feedback into legislation and to explore ways to build a better B.C. for people with disabilities.


For more information contact:
Lorraine Copas, Executive Director, SPARC BC 604-718-7736 • lcopas@sparc.bc.ca or
Jayd Ursulak, External Stakeholder Relations, SPARC BC 604-718-7745 • jursulak@sparc.bc.ca


Click here for the Resources for Independent Community Meetings Poster

Click here for the Independent Community Meetings Toolkit

Click here for the Independent Community Meeting Facilitator Guide

Click here for the Independent Community Meeting Individual Ideas Guide



How to Get Involved


You can get involved in several ways. Read this document, think about the questions, and let us know what you think about the proposed ideas:


Options to Participate


Find out about one of our in-person sessions taking place this fall across the province – information provided online at: engage.gov.bc.ca/accessibility.


Provide feedback by Friday, November 29, 2019 at 4:00 pm.


Online: engage.gov.bc.ca/accessibility
Email and ASL video: engageaccessibility@gov.bc.ca
Telephone: 844 878-0640 (toll free)
Fax: 250 356-8182
Mail: PO Box 9929 STN, PROV GOVT, VICTORIA, BC, V8W 9R2