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TransLink proposes new HandyDART service provider

TRANS LINK  NEWS December 08, 2017 NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. — TransLink is recommending a new HandyDART service provider following a six-month open procurement process. Pending TransLink Board of Directors approval on December 14, TransLink will begin negotiations with First Canada to take over the HandyDART contract. First Canada currently provides HandyDART service for BC Transit in Victoria, Kelowna, Kamloops and Vernon, in addition to many other communities in British Columbia. The

Province protects renters from geographic rent increases

Vancouver Saturday, December 9, 2017 10:45 AM The Government of British Columbia is beefing up protection for renters by closing a loophole that some landlords used to seek inflated and unfair increases in hot rental markets. On behalf of Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Selina Robinson, Vancouver-West End MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert announced that government is eliminating the geographic rent increase clause in the Residential Tenancy Regulation and in the

Government of Canada Pledges $22 Million for Accessible Technology

December 7th, 2017 The Canadian government is looking to make digital technology accessible to anyone who may want to use it. The Accessible Technology Program launched yesterday, a new initiative that will see the federal government pledge $22.3 million to provide Canadians with disabilities more access to the digital tools they need to fully participate in society and have access to the high-salaried jobs the future will bring. This new program

People with disabilities, inclusive employers to benefit from program extension

Victoria Saturday, December 2, 2017 8:30 AM Hundreds of people with disabilities will be able to achieve greater independence and find meaningful employment, thanks to the extension of the Province’s popular Technology@Work program. More than 1,140 people have already accessed Technology@Work, where people with disabilities can get the assistive technology they need for employment. A $2-million investment from the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction and $1 million from

Inclusive, accessible communities support people of all abilities

Victoria Sunday, December 3, 2017 9:00 AM B.C.’s third annual accessibility progress report was released today, providing an update on the past year’s work and partnerships with people with disabilities. The release of the report was timed in honour of the 25th anniversary of the United Nations’ International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The report, Building a Better B.C. for People with Disabilities, provides highlights of the programs, policies and

Statement by the Prime Minister on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Ottawa, Ontario December 3, 2017 The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities: “The International Day of Persons with Disabilities is a time to celebrate the contributions that people with disabilities make to our country and our world. It is also an opportunity to learn about what we can do so that everyone is able to fully participate in our

Disability Advisory Committee

On November 23, 2017, the Minister of National Revenue announced that the Disability Advisory Committee is being re-instated. From the release on the Government of Canada’s website: “The Committee will be a way for the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) to connect with a wide range of stakeholders and take their views into account as we administer tax measures for people with disabilities. The Committee’s core role will be to provide

The Government of Canada tables the Optional Protocol to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

News Release From Employment and Social Development Canada November 30, 2017                      Ottawa, Ontario                    Employment and Social Development Canada The Government of Canada is taking further action to uphold and safeguard the rights of people with disabilities and further enable their inclusion and full participation in Canadian society. Today, the Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, on behalf of the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of

DISABILITY GROUP TO CALL FOR REPEAL OF DISCRIMINATORY PROVISION IN CANADA’S IMMIGRATION ACT

For Immediate Release | November 17, 2017 The Council of Canadians With Disabilities (CCD), a national, human rights organization of persons with various disabilities that is working for a more inclusive and accessible Canada, will call for repeal of the “Excessive Demands” provisions in Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Act when it appears before the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration on Monday evening, November 20, 2017. “Disability is the

PRESS RELEASE: National Housing Strategy Makes Historic Investment – 2400 New Affordable Housing Units for People with Developmental Disabilities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 22, 2017   Today Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the National Housing Strategy, with a target of 2400 new affordable housing units that enable community-based independent living for people with developmental disabilities.  The Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL) and People First of Canada (PFC) welcome this historic announcement. Joy Bacon, CACL President said, “We are thrilled with the Prime Minister’s announcement today. A dedicated investment

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