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Disability News: British Columbia Canada

  • Synopsis: Latest health and disability news from the province of British Columbia Canada.

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The British Columbia government has recently changed the name of their Department/Ministry responsible for welfare - Housing and Social Development replaced Employment and Income Assistance, which had replaced Human Resources not that long ago.

British Columbia Disability Statistics

A recent survey showed that in BC more than one out of 10 persons (11.2%) in the working age population, defined as those age 15 to 64, had a disability.

The conditions most prevalent were mobility and agility (over 6 per cent of the population are affected) and psychological problems (just less than 3 per cent noted the disability).

The severity of the disability increases with age. Less than half the young age group (age 15-24) had more than a mild disability compared to two-thirds of those aged 25 to 64.

British Columbia Disability Resources

For over 30 years, the BC Coalition of People with Disabilities (BCCPD) has been a provincial, cross-disability voice in British Columbia. Their mission is to raise awareness around issues that affect the lives of people who live with a disability. They also work to secure the necessary income supports for people with disabilities to live with dignity, and increase their ability to participate and contribute in their communities.

The Disability Resource Network (DRN) is a provincial organization committed to providing programs and services, professional development, resources and news events that effect individuals who have a disability(disabilities), in the British Columbia Post Secondary Education system -

Latest British Columbia Publications

  1. British Columbia Community Groups Call on to Raise the Rates, Leave the Bus Pass Alone
    Open letter to Premier from 150 BC community groups call on clark to raise the rates and leave the bus pass alone.
  2. Just Say Yes to British Columbians with Disabilities Act - Barrier-Free BC
    Introducing formal legislation would secure the rights for persons with disabilities around issues of accessibility, inclusion and equal opportunity.
  3. Accessibility Fund Projects and Call for Proposals in Kootenay Region
    Government of Canada support for six community projects aimed at improving accessibility for people with disabilities.
  4. Gov. of Canada and BC Agreement to Assist British Columbians with Disabilities Find Employment
    Governments of Canada and British Columbia have reached agreement to help British Columbians with disabilities gain skills and experience needed to get jobs.
  5. Boil Water Notice announced for White Rock, BC, Canada
    Warning advising residents in White Rock BC to boil their drinking water for at least one minute before drinking.

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