Accessibility in Armstrong
Building an Accessibility Plan
As part of the new Accessible British Columbia Act (“Act”) and associated regulation (BC Reg 105/2022), local governments (and other public sector organizations), by September 1, 2023, must establish an accessibility committee, develop an accessibility plan, and create a mechanism for public feedback regarding accessibility.
The City of Armstrong has joined other North Okanagan municipalities and the Regional District to create an Accessibility Committee, and Mayor and Council have endorsed the City’s membership in the RDNO’s Inter-municipal Accessibility Advisory Committee (“Committee”), adopted by the RDNO Board of Directors on June 21, 2023. The purpose of the Committee is to help guide the RDNO and member municipalities in the creation of an Accessibility Plan.
The purpose of the Inter-municipal Accessibility Plan is to identify, remove and prevent barriers to individuals in or interacting with the RDNO and member municipalities. Barriers may be present in the built environment, information and communications, or the delivery of programs or services that are within the RDNO and member municipalities’ jurisdiction.
Seeking Community Volunteers
We are seeking individuals who would like to join the newly established Inter-municipal Accessibility Advisory Committee. If you are interested, please fill out the webform below, or fill out the membership application form. Deadline for applications is July 31, 2023.
Accessibility Plan Timeline
- Create Inter-municipal Accessibility Advisory Committee (current phase). This Committee will advise the RDNO and member municipalities on what to include in the draft Inter-municipal Accessibility Plan (“Plan”) and actions to be taken. Join the Committee by filling out our online webform or application form.
- Seek community feedback. Feedback from stakeholders and members of the public will help inform the Committee, RDNO and member municipalities on accessibility in physical and digital spaces, and help guide the creation of the Plan.
- Draft Inter-municipal Accessibility Plan. A draft of the Plan will be created once public consultation opportunities have closed, beginning in summer 2023.
- Adopt Inter-municipal Accessibility Plan and implement public feedback tool. Once the Plan has been adopted, a permanent tool to receive public feedback on accessibility will be fully implemented.
Feedback on Accessibility
The City is committed to reviewing the accessibility of our physical and digital spaces, identifying barriers that may exist, and making improvements as required and allowed. To provide comments or suggestions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Your feedback is important to us!