Accessibility grants awarded to promote inclusion


Fifteen community projects benefit from government funding of over $ 450,000 to increase accessibility and community inclusion.

The successful projects were announced on the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

“People with disabilities bring a wide range of skills and experiences to our communities,” said Nicholas Simons, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction. “This year’s accessibility grant recipients represent a variety of major projects that will support and promote inclusion in British Columbia.”

In May 2021, as part of the province’s continued commitment to increase accessibility and improve community inclusion, the government announced funding for community accessibility projects. This year, 15 applicants were selected to receive grants ranging from $ 10,500 to $ 40,000, depending on the size and scope of the project.

“This is the fourth year in a row that the government has made accessibility grants available to non-profit organizations working to benefit the community,” said Dan Coulter, Parliamentary Secretary for Accessibility. “The depth and scope of these new accessibility projects will make a difference in the lives of British Columbians with disabilities.

Successful applications include projects ranging from arts education and movement therapy to emergency response plans and cycling programs for the deaf and hard of hearing.

“Being a part of this year’s Accessibility Project Grant Review Team and learning more about organizations in British Columbia working to improve accessibility has been very meaningful,” said Julia Lamb, Board member of Disability Alliance BC. “This grant makes possible projects that allow people with disabilities to participate on an equal footing in the community, taking into account our diverse experiences. I look forward to seeing the progress and positive impact of these projects on our collective future.

To help people with disabilities live with dignity and remove barriers in their communities, the provincial government introduced accessibility legislation in the spring of 2021. The Accessible British Columbia Act came into effect on June 17, 2021.

Under the law, new policies and standards will help establish government accountability and empower people with disabilities to play a direct role in making government and organizations more accessible.

Fast facts:

  • The provincial government provides more than $ 5 billion annually to fund services and supports for people with disabilities in British Columbia
  • One in five Canadian adults has a disability.
  • In the past three years, 44 community projects have received funding.
  • This is the fourth consecutive year that these grants have been available.
  • The United Nations first celebrated the International Day of Persons with Disabilities in 1992.

Learn more:

United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities: https://www.un.org/development/desa/disabilities/international-day-of-persons-with-disabilities-3-december.html

United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: https://www.un.org/development/desa/disabilities/convention-on-the-rights-of-persons-with-disabilities.html

The Disability Alliance of BC offers many support services to British Columbians with disabilities: https://disabilityalliancebc.org/

Accessibility Directorate: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/governments/about-the-bc-government/accessibility

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