Accessibility Standards Canada and British Columbia’s Ministry of Attorney General and Responsible for Housing have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to optimize efforts and resources dedicated to creating a barrier-free Canada. This MOU acknowledges a formal agreement to share information and harmonize accessibility standards related to building codes wherever possible.
The MOU is also expected to support, foster, and enhance the ability of both parties to collaborate and coordinate efforts in the area of building codes and standards. The aim is an inclusive, cohesive, and barrier-free British Columbia and Canada.
Harmonizing standards across federal, provincial, and territorial governments is especially important in this area. It will allow for a more uniform approach when accessing buildings and their amenities, including entrances and washrooms across the country.
Through this MOU, both parties agree to:
- identify and coordinate priorities;
- conduct and share research products; and
- develop and propose accessibility standards related to building codes.
The national harmonization of standards carries benefits for all Canadians:
- It increases the potential for a cohesive accessibility experience across Canada.
- It ensures that standards reflect the needs of people living with disabilities, regardless of jurisdiction.
- It promotes equity and consistency of accessibility for people with disabilities as they live, work, and travel in Canada.