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UPDATE - June 2021

Dear Readers,
The June edition of Inclusion BC’s monthly E-Update includes the following information:
  • Celebrating Inclusion BC’s 66th Annual General Meeting
  • An Interactive First Peoples’ Map of B.C.
  • Office of the Auditor General of B.C. Report: CLBC Oversight of Home Sharing
  • Accessible B.C. Act: Royal Assent & Provincial Accessibility Committee
  • Federal Legislation to Create the New Canada Disability Benefit
  • Inclusion BC Member Feature
  • #COVIDdisability: Royal Society of Canada's Policy Briefing
  • A World Where Everybody Belongs
  • Back to School for September 2021: BC Government Announcement
  • BC Law Institute & Canadian Centre for Elder Law: Study Paper & Call for Focus Group Participants
  • Survey: Improving the Financial Security of Siblings with a Disability
If you have any questions about the content, please email Communications Manager Claire Inkster at

Strengthening Our Collective Voices & Increasing the Impact of Our Work

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Celebrating Inclusion BC’s 66th AGM

This week, member organizations, individuals, families, board members, and staff came together for the 66th Inclusion BC Annual General Meeting. The virtual meeting began with a presentation of the main highlights from our 2020-2021 Annual Report. We invite you to revisit and celebrate with us the work and achievements from the year. You can read Inclusion BC’s full Annual Report HERE.

The Nominations Committee presented three director positions. Congratulations to Annette Delaplace, Hilary Thomson, and a warm welcome to Heather Garfield on your election to the Board of Directors for a 3-year term. You can learn more about Inclusion BC Board Directors HERE.

On behalf of everyone at Inclusion BC, we would like to extend our deepest gratitude to outgoing Board Director Ellen Tarshis for her dedication and contribution during her 2-year term as the Executive Directors’ Network Representative. Thank you for your guidance, support, and leadership, Ellen!

The Resolutions Committee reviewed the progress made on the resolutions Inclusion BC has been working on over the last several years and shared the actions ahead to continue advancing them. The AGM closed with reports from the Self-Advocacy Advisory Committee, Family Advisory Committee, Governance Committee, and the Legal Affairs and Human Rights Committee. We are fortunate to have a very active group of volunteer community members serving on our Board showing great leadership through the work of the Committees.

We would like to offer our deepest appreciation to all members for your incredible work as community leaders in continuing to build inclusive and safe communities during an incredibly difficult year.

Looking ahead, we are excited to gather in person as a community in 2022 during the next Inclusion BC AGM and Conference – Everybody Belongs. The conference will be held in Surrey, B.C., at the Sheraton Guilford Vancouver Hotel, from May 25-27, 2022!

We look forward to being together, learning together, and celebrating the amazing work we have collectively accomplished as a federation.

You can stay tuned for upcoming Everybody Belongs announcements in the months to come HERE.

National Indigenous History Month

First Peoples' Map of BC that has a variety of colour coded regions showing First Nations communities. The regions have smaller white circles with red outlines and numbers inside the circles indicating the location of Indigenous language, arts, and cultural information.

An Interactive First Peoples’ Map of B.C.

June is National Indigenous History Month and on June 15, 2021, The First Peoples' Cultural Council launched an interactive First Peoples’ Map of British Columbia. The map is the only platform of its kind in Canada.
“No other map in Canada weaves together Indigenous language, arts and cultural information with content from community experts deeply invested in the work of linguistic, artistic and cultural survival. The First Peoples’ Map also supports non-Indigenous people to better appreciate Indigenous perspectives as one small step towards reconciliation.” – First Peoples’ Cultural Council.

You can explore the interactive First Peoples’ Map of British Columbia HERE.

CLBC’s Monitoring Framework for Home Share Providers

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Report from the Office of the Auditor General of B.C.

On June 15, 2021, the Office of the Auditor General of B.C. released its report on Community Living BC’s (CLBC) oversight of home-sharing.

The review covers April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019, and examines whether CLBC had implemented a monitoring framework to ensure home sharing providers met the following contract requirements in 2018–19:
  • aligning service delivery to further quality-of-life outcomes for people in care, and
  • complying with contracted standards and service requirements.
You can view the Office of the Auditor General of B.C.’s report and recommendations, as well as the audit at a glance video, HERE.

CLBC fully cooperated with the audit, has accepted the recommendations, and has begun to address several recommendations. You can view their response to the Office of the Auditor General of B.C.’s report HERE.

Building A Barrier Free B.C.

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Accessible British Columbia Act:
Royal Assent & Provincial Accessibility Committee

The Accessible British Columbia Act received Royal Assent on June 17, 2021, and has now become law. The Act creates a framework for building a set of accessibility standards. You can view a plain language overview of the Accessible B.C. Act HERE.

Currently, a Provincial Accessibility Committee is being created to advise Nicholas Simons, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, on matters related to accessibility and to support the development of accessibility standards. The committee will have 11 members and half of the committee must include:
  • people with disabilities, or
  • people and organizations that support people with disabilities.
The application process for the Provincial Accessibility Committee is open from now until July 29, 2021.

You can learn more about the role of the Committee HERE and view an ASL interpretation of the Provincial Accessibility Committee notice of position HERE.

For those interested in being a member of the Accessibility Committee, you can apply HERE.

In May 2021, Inclusion BC met with Parliamentary Secretary, Dan Coulter to discuss the Accessibility B.C. Act. We reinforced the importance of including people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in all aspects of the process.

Inclusion BC is committed to ensuring those with intellectual and developmental disabilities are part of the Accessibility Committee.

We have offered to participate on technical committees, be an ally and a friend to the Provincial Accessibility Committee and the Accessible B.C. Act, and we support the applications of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities as committee members are selected.

For those requiring support to apply please contact us by email at

Disability Inclusion Action Plan

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Federal Legislation to Create the New Canada Disability Benefit

On June 22, 2021, the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough, introduced new legislation to establish the framework for a new Canada Disability Benefit.

In the announcement the Government of Canada noted:
“Canadians with disabilities are twice as likely to live in poverty than those without disabilities, a situation that has been made even worse by the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

For far too long people with disabilities have been living in poverty and we are pleased the Government of Canada recognized this in their introduction of the legislation.

You can read the announcement HERE and Bill C-35, the Canada Disability Benefit Act, HERE.

In the 2020 Speech from the Throne, the Canadian Government committed to developing the first-ever Disability Inclusion Action Plan. This plan includes:
  • a new Canada Disability Benefit,
  • a robust employment strategy for Canadians with disabilities, and
  • a better process to determine eligibility for federal disability programs and benefits. 

We believe ongoing engagement with persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities and families is crucial to building a comprehensive Canada Disability Benefit.

You can have your say on how to improve the lives of Canadians with disabilities by sharing your ideas and feedback in the Disability Inclusion Action Plan survey.

Further information and a link to the survey can be found HEREEngagement on the Disability Action Plan is open now and closes on August 31, 2021.

Inclusion BC Member Feature

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Welcoming & Inclusive Communities for Youth with Disabilities

UNITI’s partner, Semiahmoo House Society, received funding from the Vancouver Foundation for their work towards creating a more welcoming and inclusive community for youth with disabilities.

Youth with disabilities, their families, and supports are invited to share in a survey how they would like to be more involved in the community, and the supports needed to do so.

You can fill out the youth, families, and support survey HERE and be entered to win a $50.00 Visa Gift Card.

There is also a survey happening for businesses, programs, and activities to understand how Semiahmoo House Society can best support them to be more inclusive.

You can fill out the business, programs, and activities survey HERE.

All surveys close on July 14, 2021. For further information please email to connect with Anita Bhatti.


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Building Back Better Both Now & After the Pandemic

Over the course of the pandemic, our Advocates have heard from many that COVID-19 has created additional barriers for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

COVID-19 is not gone and it will continue to impact people's lives for a long time.

To support policymakers with evidence to inform their decision-making, the Royal Society of Canada’s Task Force on COVID-19 wrote a policy briefing, “Time to Be Counted: COVID-19 and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities”. The briefing shares ways of creating a “more inclusive, accessible, and sustainable Canada for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities” both now and after the pandemic.

You can read the full report HERE and an accessible version HERE.

A World Where Everybody Belongs

Our Work is Made Possible Thanks to You!

Did you know that much of Inclusion BC’s important work is made possible thanks to supporters like you? Our Community Advocacy Program has become a lifeline for many individuals and families facing barriers to fully participating in their communities.
“I received and still receive support from Inclusion B.C. for my son. He has been excluded from school and most activities that make childhood fun. Inclusion BC has been with me in my journey to advocate for equality every step of the way. Advice, support, resources and advocating, the help we have gotten has been invaluable for us. Thank you.”

With the onset of the pandemic, we have seen a steady increase in demand for this service and thanks to our generous donors we can continue to provide this much-needed resource to individuals and families.

You can make a one-time or monthly donation by clicking the DONATE button.
Or you can reach out to our Resource Development Officer Renee MacDermid to ask about how you can get involved.

Information & Resources

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Back to School BC Government Announcement

As the current school year comes to an end, the Ministry of Education announced to expect a full return to the classrooms in September 2021. Students will not be organized into learning cohorts and some measures will continue like staying home when feeling sick, washing hands, and completing daily health checks.

You can find the K-12 Education Recovery Plan announced this month HERE.

For students with disabilities and students requiring additional support, parents and caregivers can expect regular connections well in advance of the start of the school year (go to page 12 of the K-12 Education Recovery Plan for further details).

The Ministry of Education will announce updated health and safety guidelines in August, at which time they will address masks, gatherings, extra-curricular activities and sports.
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Study Paper: Health Care Consent & Capacity Assessment Tribunals & Call for Focus Group Participants

The BC Law Institute and the Canadian Centre for Elder Law have released the publication of a joint Study Paper on Health Care Consent and Capacity Assessment Tribunals. The Study Paper explores options to help patients and caregivers in situations where a person may lack the capacity to make decisions about health care and personal needs.

To learn more about the paper and project you can view:
  • the Study Paper HERE
  • the Summary Backgrounder HERE
  • the Health Care Consent and Capacity Assessment Tribunal Project HERE

Call for Focus Group Participants
The Canadian Centre for Elder Law is seeking participants for focus groups on including people living with dementia in decision making. They would like to hear from people living with dementia and other disabilities, and are recruiting family members and friends for virtual focus groups on the perspectives of care partners.

You are invited to join one event from July 2021 to March 2022. The Canadian Centre for Elder Law will use what they learn from these group discussions to create tools for health care professionals and others on supporting people living with dementia to be involved in decision-making.

Those interested in participating can email Jess at or call 778-548-9996 for more information.
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Improving the Financial Security of Siblings with a Disability

The Sibling Collaborative is a network of adults who have a sibling with a disability. Through their survey, the Sibling Collaborative would like to learn ways to help improve the financial status of your siblings with a disability.

You can learn more and share your ideas HERE.
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