Historic Accessible Canada Act Tabled in Parliament

NEWS RELEASE    Historic Accessible Canada Act Tabled in Parliament   New Westminster, B.C., June 20, 2018 -The Accessible Canada Act was passed today in Ottawa, marking an historic day for people with disabilities across Canada. Bill C-81 The Accessible Canada Act: An Act to Ensure a Barrier-free Canada was introduced to Parliament by the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities. Read the Government of Canada news release here. The Canadian Association for Community Living (our national federation) has responded to the announcement. Read their release here. Inclusion BC Executive Director Faith Bodnar says, “The new Accessible Canada Act is a watershed for our country as it sets out the expectation and presumption of inclusion for Canadians with disabilities. The Act will propel Canada forward as we reach our goal of being a truly inclusive country that values all citizens, while also ensuring that they have access to supports and services they need.” The act aims to create a barrier-free Canada “through the proactive identification, removal, and prevention of barriers to accessibility wherever Canadians interact with areas under federal...

CLBC Update

Community Living BC (CLBC) has launched a new website at www.communitylivingbc.ca. It aims to make it easier for individuals and families to find answers. Visit the site, and let us know what you think by sending an email to CLBCInfo@gov.bc.ca. The new website, which can be read from your mobile phone and tablet, is organized around three questions: “Who does CLBC support?”, “What support is available?” and “How do I get support?” It includes sections like “How do I get started” and “Meet a CLBC facilitator” and each top level page has a “What this page says” plain language summary. The website has more information about how to get support, including the welcome and planning steps, options for connecting to community and CLBC services, and how CLBC works. You can expect to find: simplified navigation an interactive office locator map accessibility tools an upgraded News & Stories section You can learn more about how individuals and families helped to build this site here. Questions Email CLBCInfo@gov.bc.ca if you have any questions about the site, need help finding information, or see a problem. Thank...