Accessibility Legislation

In June 2021, the provincial government passed the Accessible BC Act  which—among provincial requirements and a general focus on increasing awareness of accessibility—requires local governments to take action. Local governments are among over 750 public sector organizations listed in the Accessible BC Regulations, and by September 1, 2023 are required to establish:

  • An accessibility committee
  • An accessibility plan
  • A tool to receive feedback on accessibility

These requirements are intended to get organizations planning for accessibility in a way that is informed by people with disabilities. They are flexible and there are lots of different ways to approach the requirements.

The Guidance Document provides additional information about the requirements, and strategies to comply. The document also outlines resources for local governments, and current funding opportunities.