New role for local governments proposed under Accessible B.C. Act

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The provincial government has advised that it plans to move forward with a regulation under the Accessible B.C. Act in September 2022 that would identify local governments as a prescribed organization under Part 3 of that Act. Local governments will be required to establish an accessibility committee, have an accessibility plan and have a mechanism for providing feedback on accessibility.

The Accessible B.C. Act was passed in June 2021, and aims to identify, remove, and prevent barriers for people with disabilities in B.C. by enabling the development of accessibility standards and introducing new accessibility requirements for government and prescribed organizations.

More information about the requirements of prescribed organizations in the new Act is available on the Ministry website. Please contact Ministry staff for questions about the proposed regulation.