Accessibility Working Group

The Accessibility Working Group aims to make City policies, services, infrastructure and facilities more accessible for all by:

  • Identifying barriers for persons with disabilities created by current City of Victoria infrastructure,
  • Making recommendations as to how to remove these barriers,
  • Establishing criteria by which barrier removal can be prioritized and the allocating of funding can be determined, and
  • Working with the City of Victoria to draft policies and procedures to prevent the creation of barriers in the future.

Accessibility Working Group Definition of Accessibility Related Terms:

ACCESSIBILITY
Definition and Explanation [PDF - 31 KB]

DISABILITY
Definition and Explanation [PDF - 34 KB]

BARRIER
Definition and Explanation [PDF - 33 KB]

Full Document:  AWG Definitions July 2017 (002).pdf [PDF - 41 KB]

 

Accessibility Working Group Terms of Reference:

Guiding Principles:

  • To consider the needs of persons with a diverse range of abilities including, but not limited to, physical, sensory, developmental, learning and mental health challenges.
  • To recommend solutions which best meet the "wants" of all without compromising the "needs" of any.

City of Victoria's Statement of Commitment, Making Victoria Accessible for All:

The City of Victoria values the contributions made by all its citizens and believes that diversity strengthens the community.

The City of Victoria recognizes the wealth of knowledge and lived experience of people with disabilities and their essential role in creating a barrier-free Victoria and thus, will include the viewpoint and needs of persons with disabilities in its decisions.

The City of Victoria is committed to building an inclusive society and providing an accessible environment in which all individuals have access to the City’s services and programs in a way that respects the dignity and independence of people with disabilities.

The City of Victoria’s policies, practices and procedures will ensure barrier free access for persons with disabilities to City facilities and participation in programs and processes including accessible customer service, information and communication, employment, the built environment and transportation.

The City of Victoria will ensure that all city employees are aware of their role in facilitating accessibility for persons with disabilities.

The City of Victoria will continue to prevent barriers by supporting positive attitudes that address "ableism" - attitudes which devalue and limit the potential of persons with disabilities.

In working towards its goals under this Statement, the City of Victoria is committed to creating a barrier-free city by meeting the requirements of existing and future legislation and by its own policies and goals related to the identification, removal and prevention of barriers to people with disabilities.

To this end, all elected City officials and City employees have a role to play in meeting these goals.

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If you have an accessibility concern, please contact the engineering department at 250.361.0300 or email eng@victoria.ca

Accessibility Legislation:

British Columbia has a 10-year action plan “Accessibility 2024” aimed at making B.C. more accessible for people with disabilities.

Please see section 8 of the Human Rights Code which prohibits discrimination on the basis of physical or mental disability. http://www.bclaws.ca/Recon/document/ID/freeside/00_96210_01

Reports:

VRDC Parking Committee Recommendations for City Managed Accessible Parking Improvement (August 2018) [PDF - 18 KB]

AWG Consultation Report for Crystal Pool and Wellness Centre Replacement Project [PDF - 192 KB]

AWG Consultation Report for Website Accessibility [PDF - 78 KB]

AWG Consultation Report for Crystal Pool (March 25, 2018) [PDF - 48 KB]

AWG Report regarding Bylaw Checkout Bag Regulation Final formatted (002).pdf [PDF - 47 KB]

Accessibility Survey - dated March 2017 [PDF - 88 KB]        
Accessilbility Survey Results Data [PDF - 121 KB]

AWG Off Street Parking Regulation Consultation Report dated December 21, 2017 [PDF - 280 KB]

Staff Accessibility Working Group Report [PDF - 1.2 MB]

Accessibility Working Group Report, December 2016 [PDF - 42 KB]

Next Meeting:

February 4, 2019 (Note:  There will not be a meeting in January)

Attending an Accessibility Working Group Meeting [PDF - 20 KB]

Approved 2018 Minutes:

October - 2018 [PDF - 116 KB]

September - 2018 (Approved with amendments at October meeting) [PDF - 80 KB]

August - 2018 [PDF - 111 KB]

July - 2018 [PDF - 89 KB]

April - 2018 [PDF - 102 KB]

March - 2018 [PDF - 88 KB]

February - 2018 [PDF - 65 KB]

January - 2018 [PDF - 104 KB]

Approved 2016-2017 Minutes:

2017 Minutes 

2016 Minutes