Accessibility Standards Canada and BC Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction join forces to remove barriers to accessibility

GATINEAUQC, May 24, 2022 /CNW/ – Accessibility Standards Canada and the British Columbia Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction met today to discuss the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) they recently signed. This union of forces sets up a collaboration to identify, remove and prevent barriers to accessibility in Canada.

The MOU aims to improve coordination and collaboration between the mandates and objectives of the governments of the Canada and British Columbia relating to accessibility. More specifically, this agreement aims to optimize the efforts and resources of both entities. In this way, they can reinforce their complementary approaches to accessibility. This would lead to a more consistent accessibility experience across jurisdictions.

In Canada, federal, provincial and territorial governments develop their own policies and standards. Collaborations like this allow for consistency between governments. This is crucial when developing accessibility standards.

National harmonization of accessibility standards has benefits for all Canadians:

  • It increases the potential for a consistent accessibility experience across Canada.
  • It ensures that standards reflect the needs of people with disabilities, regardless of jurisdiction.
  • It promotes fairness and uniformity of accessibility for all Canadians as they live, work and travel from coast to coast.


“Our collaboration with the British Columbia Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction will lead to better coordination of accessibility standards. We want Canadians to experience accessibility consistently and seamlessly, no matter where they live. By harmonizing standards across Canada, we ensure accessibility is consistent across the country. Our ultimate goal is to work with all the provinces and territories to create this kind of agreement. This will encourage us to develop timely standards that Canadians really need. »

Philippe RizcallahPresident and CEO, Accessibility Standards Canada

“It is very important to us that the work we do to improve accessibility and inclusion at the provincial level is in harmony with the work being done by our federal counterparts. We designed the Access BC Act to complement the current Accessible Canada Act. , we can work better together to integrate accessibility into all aspects of our lives. Additionally, we can ensure that people with disabilities can participate more fully in their communities, no matter where they live.

Dan CoulterParliamentary Secretary for Accessibility, British Columbia

Fast facts

  • This Memorandum of Understanding was officially signed on May 11, 2022.
  • The harmonization of accessibility standards aims to optimize everyone’s individual and collective objectives. Sharing knowledge and best practices reduces and eliminates duplication of resources and efforts. This benefits all Canadians.
  • Accessibility Standards Canada’s vision is that everyone, including people with disabilities, can expect Canada without barriers. This ensures that opportunities and services are fully accessible.

Related links

Accessibility Standards Canada
Accessibility in British Columbia

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For further information: Martine Bareil, Manager, Communications, Accessibility Standards Canada, Email: [email protected]; Vivian Thomas, Director, Communications, British Columbia Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, Email: [email protected]

Joel C. Hicks