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Accessible city

What you need to know

We are committed to creating an accessible city that values all residents and strives to meet the needs of persons with disabilities so that they can meaningfully contribute and engage within their community.

We are committed to removing barriers that might keep you, or someone you care about, from fully enjoying Vancouver.

This includes adding curb cuts on sidewalks, audible signals on crosswalks, improving parking options, and increasing employment opportunities.

The following accessibility commitments were approved by Council in November, 2021:

  • Respecting the rights, dignity, and independence of persons with disabilities
  • Fostering a safe environment where all people feel valued, included, and have a sense of belonging  
  • Creating opportunities for persons with disabilities to be involved in decision-making and participate fully in all aspects of city life
  • Demonstrating how the knowledge and perspectives of persons with disabilities are integrated across all City processes, policies, and decision-making  
  • Listening to and addressing the needs of persons with disabilities in City programs, services, and physical infrastructure

Learn more about our strategy

Accessibility Strategy

The Accessibility Strategy reflects our commitment to support the full participation of persons with disabilities.

Accessibility Committee

The Accessibility Committee meets regularly to advice the City on how to remove or prevent barriers and guides the Accessibility Strategy.

Related programs and services

Building for accessibility

Learn about the City's standards around building for accessibility including the importance of ramps and door handles.

Accessible events checklist and resources

Plan events that are equally accessible and inclusive, including for people with disabilities, seniors, and people who identify as LGBTQ+.

Walking and accessibility

Curb ramps and audible signal devices installed at crosswalks help make our streets accessible.

Accessible public transit

How we work with TransLink, the regional transit authority, to plan and develop accessible streets and transportation in Vancouver.

Adapted and supported programs

Vancouver offers adapted and supported recreational programs and services for people with disabilities or special needs.

Accessible parking

Find accessible parking in Vancouver. Learn about parking exemptions for people with disabilities, and how to get a SPARC parking permit.

Celebrating leadership

Accessible City

Recognizes those who improve access and inclusion for persons with disabilities, or remove barriers and create opportunities.