Welcome to Barrier-Free BC
Barrier-Free BC is a Non-Partisan Campaign advocating for the Enactment of a Strong and Effective British Columbians with Disabilities Act, providing a Barrier-Free province for All Persons with Disabilities.
Did you know BC does not have a British Columbians with Disabilities Act?
Approximately 604,000 British Columbians with disabilities face unfair accessibility barriers in areas that the Provincial Government can regulate. These include barriers in areas such as public transit, education, public parks and playgrounds, library services, health care, retail outlets, restaurants, recreation facilities, entertainment venues and workplaces.
A great many British Columbians with disabilities still cannot access all aspects of these areas that others in their community take for granted. We face too many accessibility barriers. We should not have to individually fight these barriers one at a time through endless human rights complaints. We need the Legislative Assembly to enact a British Columbians with Disabilities Act, providing authority for the Provincial Government to do all it can to ensure that persons with disabilities can live in a British Columbia that is accessible and barrier-free.
What You Can Do to Help?
Over the past year and a half, the Minister along with his Accessibility Secretariat have had a number of round table discussions attended by Barrier-Free BC, several disability, business and community organizations. At these round tables, while gathering information, advice and general feedback from attendees, the Minister has stated his commitment to introducing accessibility legislation during his government’s current mandate.
The next step for the Minister is to solicit input from a broader range of interested groups and individuals. Please take the time to provide your input by using one or more of the methods described in the Minister’s engagement page.
This is your opportunity to help form the accessibility legislation that is coming soon to BC. The opportunity to provide feedback will be open from September 16 to November 29, 2019 at 4 pm.
Act now by going to get engaged. By doing so, you will make a significant contribution to how our new legislation will improve the lives of many British Columbians.
And please share information about our campaign with your friends, family, colleagues and all others either through word of mouth and/or social media channels.
The campaign is driven strictly by volunteer supporters from across British Columbia. Through their efforts, individual supporters, disability organizations, business enterprises and other sectors are coming together to ensure a collective, unified voice is heard and acknowledged in Victoria. We are ready and eager to work with the BC Government, with all MLAs and all parties in the BC Legislature, on the development of a strong and effective British Columbians with Disabilities Act.
Who is Barrier-Free BC?
Barrier-Free BC’s roots began on November 25 2015 when a small group of people with various disabilities ratified 13 principles upon which a British Columbians with Disabilities Act should be based. As a grass roots organization, they developed a “Just Say Yes” Action Kit from which supporters could learn more about how a disability Act would benefit British Columbians with disabilities, why one was needed and how supporters could assist in various ways to promote the campaign. An even smaller Steering Committee maintains this web site, manages the email account and responds to inquiries, produces a monthly newsletter and maintains a database of supporting organizations and individuals.
So who is Barrier-Free BC? It’s you, it’s me and it’s every one of the supporters who choose to add their voice to the campaign. We’re a growing movement with a common goal – the enactment of a British Columbians with Disabilities Act!
Who can add their voice to the campaign?
Everybody is welcome to join our campaign – whether you have a disability that is permanent or episodic, visible or invisible, physical, sensory, intellectual, cognitive, learning or whether its a communication related issue, your support is needed and welcomed. So too is that of staff and volunteers who provide supports for people with disabilities through various organizations, immediate and extended family members, co-workers, colleagues and associates, friends and all others. And please consider joining this campaign if you do not currently have a disability. Your voice is equally important because one day you too will experience limitations or become disabled yourself simply through the aging process.
Because Barrier-Free BC is comprised of volunteers only with no paid staff, supporters will never be asked for a financial donation or membership fee of any kind. Supporters are asked to assist the campaign through whatever tasks fit within their comfort zone. Please read through this web site and add your voice today. And welcome aboard!
Last Updated: 01 October 2019