British Columbia Receives Accessibility Grants to Promote Inclusion

More than $450,000 in government funding will go to fifteen community-based projects to improve accessibility and community participation. 

On the United Nations’ International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the successful projects were unveiled. 

Government introduced funding for community-based accessibility initiatives in May 2021, as part of the Province’s continued commitment to promoting accessibility and improving community inclusion. This year, 15 candidates were chosen to receive grants ranging from $10,500 to $40,000, depending on the project’s size and scope. 

Projects varying from art instruction and movement therapy to emergency response plans and bicycle programs for the deaf and hard of hearing have all been successful. 

In April 2021, the provincial government enacted accessibility legislation to enable persons with disabilities live with dignity and remove barriers in their communities. On June 17, 2021, the Accessible British Columbia Act became law. 

New regulations and standards created by the legislation will assist promote government accountability and empower people with disabilities to play a direct part in making government and organizations more accessible.