Accessibility Plan

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In 2021, the Province of British Columbia passed the Accessible BC Act. This legislation requires municipalities (and other prescribed organizations) to establish an accessibility committee, develop an accessibility plan, and create a process for receiving comments from the public on the plan and on barriers individuals face in or interacting with the organization. We are pleased to present the accessibility plan for the City of Parksville.


In 2021, the Province of British Columbia passed the Accessible BC Act. This legislation requires municipalities (and other prescribed organizations) to establish an accessibility committee, develop an accessibility plan, and create a process for receiving comments from the public on the plan and on barriers individuals face in or interacting with the organization. We are pleased to present the accessibility plan for the City of Parksville.


  • Accessibility Plan for the City of Parksville

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    November 8, 2023

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    The City of Parksville’s first formal Accessibility Plan was approved by Council on November 6, 2023. The plan was developed with the advice of the City’s Accessibility Advisory Committee and incorporates feedback from the community.

    The accessibility plan will serve as a guide to reduce or eliminate barriers and to advance inclusion in the City over the next three years. The plan contains 34 recommendations covering four standard areas – employment, delivery of services, built environment, and information and communications. The accessibility plan is intended to be a living document which will evolve over time. The plan will be reviewed and updated at least once every three years as required under the Accessible British Columbia Act and progress will be reported to Council on an annual basis.

    The accessibility plan may be viewed at Let’s Talk Parksville and feedback on the plan is welcome; please submit to accessibility@parksville.ca.

    The Province of British Columbia passed the Accessible BC Act (ABCA) in 2021. This legislation requires local governments to establish an accessibility committee, develop an accessibility plan and provide a process for obtaining public feedback on accessibility.

    For more information:
    Deb Tardiff, Manage of Communications
    communications@parksville.ca; 250 954-3073

  • Accessibility Survey for Parksville

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    June 25, 2023

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    The City of Parksville’s accessibility advisory committee began their work in early May and are pleased to launch a public accessibility survey and invite the community to provide input into the City’s accessibility plan. The online survey will take about ten minutes to complete and features questions about barriers people face when accessing City facilities, programs, services, or information. The survey is open until August 7 and may be easily accessed from the City website, Let’s Talk Parksville and from the QR code.

    The City of Parksville is creating an accessibility plan to identify barriers and to provide recommendations on how to remove them. Do you live or participate in activities in the City of Parksville? Our accessibility advisory committee is requesting input on how difficult or easy it is for you to do the things you want to do here. Your feedback will help to develop our accessibility plan which will serve as a roadmap for accessibility initiatives.

    The survey was designed with accessibility in mind; however, because not all people access information the same way, if you need help completing this survey or require an alternative format, please email accessibility@parksville.ca or phone 250 947-3078. Paper copies of the survey are available for pickup during business hours at the City of Parksville, 100 Jensen Avenue East.

    We encourage you to stay up to date on our progress as we work towards creating a more accessible and inclusive community for everyone. Information about this initiative is available on Let’s Talk Parksville.

    Background
    The Province of BC recently enacted legislation which requires local governments to establish an accessibility committee, develop an accessibility plan, and implement a mechanism for obtaining feedback on accessibility. At a meeting in February, Council approved the establishment of an accessibility advisory committee and terms of reference for the committee. The committee is tasked with providing advice to Council on the development of an accessibility plan to identify, remove and prevent barriers to individuals who are interacting with or in the City of Parksville. The principles of inclusion, adaptability, diversity, collaboration, self-determination, and universal design must be considered in conjunction with the development and review of the accessibility plan. The plan must be underway by September 1, 2023.

  • National AccessAbility Week - May 28 to June 3

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    May 30, 2023

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    Each year, starting on the last Sunday in May, Canadians celebrate National AccessAbility Week; this year from
    May 28 to June 3. Established in 2017, National Accessibility Week celebrates and highlights some of the important initiatives aimed at creating an accessible Canada. The week is an opportunity to celebrate Canadians with disabilities and raise awareness of the critical need for accessibility and inclusion in our communities and workplaces. The City of Parksville is pleased to mark National Accessibility Week, dedicated to the celebration and inclusion of people of all abilities.

    National AccessAbility Week is an opportunity to:

    • Celebrate the valuable contributions and leadership of Canadians with disabilities
    • Highlight the work of people, organizations and communities that are removing barriers
    • Reflect on ongoing efforts to become a better, more accessible, more inclusive Canada

    To recognize National AccessAbility Week, the City of Parksville’s Accessibility Advisory Committee has launched a new section on the City’s engagement platform, Let’s Talk Parksville, with information about the purpose of the committee and the need for an accessibility plan, a first step in identifying how we can improve accessibility going forward. This site is also an opportunity to ask questions and share ideas and where you can let us know about an accessibility challenge or barrier you may have encountered.

    Your input will help us develop our accessibility plan. The community can participate by reporting barriers on
    Let’s Talk Parksville, or by emailing accessibility@parksville.ca.

    Resources:
    Government of Canada
    Rick Hansen Foundation
    Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work

    #NAAW

  • Accessibility Advisory Committee for Parksville

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    February 23, 2023

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    The Province of BC recently enacted legislation which requires local governments to establish an accessibility committee, develop an accessibility plan, and implement a mechanism for obtaining feedback on accessibility. At the meeting on February 22, Council approved the establishment of an accessibility advisory committee and terms of reference for the committee.

    The committee will be tasked with providing advice to Council on the development of an accessibility plan to identify, remove and prevent barriers to individuals who are interacting with or in the City of Parksville. The principles of inclusion, adaptability, diversity, collaboration, self-determination, and universal design must be considered in conjunction with the development and review of the accessibility plan. The plan must be adopted by September 1, 2023. The terms of reference are included with this release.

    The City is inviting interested individuals to apply for consideration of appointment to the accessibility advisory committee. The committee will consist of a minimum of five and maximum of seven members, appointed by Council based on their experience and credentials, and to the extent possible, include representation as follows:

    • At least half of members to be persons with disabilities, or individuals who support, or are from organizations that support, persons with disabilities.
    • Members who reflect the diversity of persons with disabilities
    • At least one Indigenous person
    • Members who reflect the diversity of persons in BC
    • At least one member of Council

    Please apply to the City of Parksville, PO Box 1390, Parksville V9P 2H3, or by email to administration@parksville.ca with relevant background information. Deadline is March 13, 2023.

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