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2017 is the year for Disability Pride: Celebrate inclusion with the rest of Canada

Inclusion BC is launching a year-long celebration of Disability Pride as part of the official Canada 150+ celebrations, marking our country’s 150th anniversary. Funded in part by Canadian Heritage, we are excited to be offering grants to help include people with intellectual disabilities as leaders and contributors in existing community activities, causes or celebrations across British Columbia. Citizens with intellectual disabilities are essential to the Canadian mosaic. Throughout 2017 we’re

Tenancy change supports family violence victims, people in long-term care

Victoria Monday, December 5, 2016 12:17 PM   A change to British Columbia’s residential tenancy rules has come into effect, providing additional support for victims of family violence and individuals who require long-term care. The change to the Residential Tenancy Act allows for the early end to a fixed-term tenancy, commonly known as a lease, by a tenant who is fleeing family violence or who has been accepted into a

B.C. recognizes 24th International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Statement Victoria Friday, December 2, 2016 10:00 AM In honour of the United Nations’ 24th International Day of Persons with Disabilities and the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Michelle Stilwell, Minister of Social Development and Social Innovation issued the following statement: “Each year, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities brings renewed worldwide focus to the contributions and successes of

Province invests $2 million for new housing project in Burnaby

People with developmental disabilities in Burnaby will soon have access to nine new units of affordable housing. Following the September 2016 announcement of a $500-million investment in affordable rental housing, the B.C. government has selected Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion to receive $2 million in capital funding for a new housing project at 3755 Banff Ave. BC Housing will work with the non-profit group to fully develop the project plans

Report on National Housing Strategy Holds Promise for the 100,000 Canadians with Intellectual Disabilities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 22, 2016 Toronto, ON The over 100,000 Canadians with intellectual disabilities in need of affordable, quality housing and flexible supports to enable their full community inclusion can find some hope in a national housing report released in Ottawa today.  The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation launched the report, titled What We Heard:

Province details half-a-billion dollars in affordable housing

B.C.’s strong economy means British Columbian families in need of affordable rental housing will soon have access to close to 2,900 new units of housing, thanks to the B.C. government’s funding commitment of $516 million toward the 68 projects announced today. These investments are estimated to produce 5,500 jobs. “This is why we continue to work so hard to build Canada’s leading economy,” said Premier Christy Clark. “It gives us

Province invests $3.1 million for new housing projects in Keremeos

Seniors and people with disabilities in Keremeos will soon have access to 24 new units of affordable rental housing. Following a call for Expressions of Interest (EOI) in April 2016, the British Columbia government has selected Lower Similkameen Community Services Society to receive $1.5 million in capital funding toward an eight-unit expansion at Mountain View Manor at 412 12th Ave. Additionally, following the September 2016 announcement of a $500-million investment

BC Failed a Generation of Students: Time to Rebuild Inclusion in our Public Schools

This is from a press release Nov 14th 2016  From Inclusion B.C. on education in public school students with disabilities need to included in them During the 14-year fight between the BC government and teachers, a generation of students with special needs had their supports and inclusion steadily eroded. Now Inclusion BC calls for an urgent response to ensure public schools can restore inclusion, lost access and special education supports.

Art gallery helps paint bright future for adults with developmental disabilities

Ladysmith Thursday, November 10, 2016 10:00 AM The Government of British Columbia has set a vision to become the most progressive and accessible place for people with disabilities in Canada by 2024. An important part of achieving that vision is collaborating with, and recognizing, community partners and organizations, like the Ladysmith Waterfront Art Gallery, that are committed to making a difference in the lives of people with developmental disabilities. When

New homes for low-income renters, people with disabilities in Surrey

Surrey Monday, November 7, 2016 10:15 AM Individuals and families with low-to moderate-incomes and people with disabilities are benefiting from 71 new units of affordable rental housing at Chorus Apartments, which officially opened in Surrey today. The building features 20 units, including three long-term lease homes, for people who have developmental disabilities, helping them stay in their community, close to family and friends. They will also have access to a

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