National AccessAbility Week is May 30-June 5 / Access Awareness Day is June 5

Saturday June 5, 2021 is Access Awareness Day. It’s a day for communities to come together to celebrate what it means to be truly accessible and inclusive for everyone. This year’s theme is “Say Yes to Access”.

Access Awareness Day falls within National AccessAbility Week (May 30 to June 5), which is always celebrated in the last week in May and is designed to celebrate the valuable contributions of Canadians with disabilities and recognize the efforts of individuals, communities and workplaces that are actively working to remove barriers to accessibility and inclusion.

The City of Victoria is committed to removing and preventing barriers across its services, programs, and infrastructure, in order to benefit the community in a way that respects the dignity and independence of people with disabilities.

Our Commitment to Accessibility, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

  • Last October, City Council adopted the Accessibility Framework, Inclusion Policy and Short-Term Action Plan to operationalize the goal of providing accessible facilities, services, regulations, programs and employment to proactively remove and prevent barriers faced by individuals in our community.

  • Enriching the lives of newcomers was the theme for the City’s 2020 Participatory Budgeting process. There were 26 projects or activities in the running. The $50,000 budget was shared among seven community-led projects, ranging from food sustainability to gardening, financial literacy, programs to build relationships between newcomers and Indigenous community groups, an app to make it easier for newcomers to access healthcare, and workshops to educate the community on how they can help combat racism by being stronger allies to visible minorities. The theme for 2021 is neighbourhood spaces. Learn more.

  • The City has established a new Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion with three-full time staff, as well as two supporting positions – one in community planning and one in the recreation services divisions. Collectively these new staff will work with all City departments to imbed equity in policies, programs and services to advance the removal of systemic barriers. This Office is developing an Equity Framework that will apply an equity lens to all City operations, programs and services. It will be presented to Council this fall for consideration.

  • The Council-appointed Welcoming City Task Force is working with City staff and consultants to develop a Welcoming City Strategy, which will serve as a roadmap to guide Victoria towards becoming a stronger, more inclusive community where everyone, including newcomers, immigrants and refugees, is accepted, respected and feels like they belong. Public engagement is underway. Learn more

  • The City is collaborating with the SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue on the City’s equity and inclusion update of its Engagement Framework and will be co-designing the City’s virtual Engagement Summit planned for the fall.

Learn more about our Accessibility Framework.