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Workplace Accessibility Grant

The Workplace Accessibility Grant program provides direct supports to small business employers in British Columbia by providing direct financial assistance towards creating an inclusive work environment for persons with a disability(ies).

What the grant can be used for

The grant can be used for the following (but not exclusively for):

  • Environment: ramps, lighting levels, accessible washrooms, adaptions to vehicles, etc.

  • Attitudes: anti-bias training

  • Practices: training to review and amend interview processes, ASL interpreting for new staff orientation, accessibility audit of workflow, etc.

  • Policies: funding for legal and consulting advice in revising policies, time for staff to revise policies, etc.

  • Information and Communication: job task checklists in pictorial form, ASL version of policies, application forms accessible to screen readers, reprinting hardcopies of material in large font, Braille versions of documents, update web-pages for accessibility, etc.

  • Technologies: purchasing software that enables production of accessible documents, flashing fire alarms for Deaf employees, specialized headsets, tablet for communication, laptop to allow some one to work from home, specialized tools, etc.

Find the list of eligible covered services by type of barriers addressed here.

How the program works

  • The grant will be administered beginning June 21, 2021 through April 30, 2022 on a first come first served basis.

  • The maximum allowable grant will be $1000/business.

  1. Step 1: Read the eligibility criteria and, if applicable, register for the grant via this form
  2. Step 2: Create an account providing your business information, contact information, and BC business registration number
  3. Step 3: Submit a receipt related to the purchase of any qualifying accessible services
  4. Step 4: After review, reimbursement for the receipt is paid up-to a maximum of $1000.

Program eligibility

  • This Grant Program is available for companies with between 1 and 50 employees (both part time and full time), including yourself.

  • Businesses must be based in and operate within British Columbia, and have been registered in BC at the time of submission.

  • Businesses will have to declare their general information (name of business, owner, contact information, banking information (for an EFT of grant funds) and provide a covering memo describing the item(s) and/or service(s) they are purchasing (or have purchased since April 1, 2021) as well as a receipt(s) which will become part of their file.

 

Register for the grant here

Apply for Grant

Frequently Asked Questions

We respectfully acknowledge our place of work is within the ancestral, traditional and unceded territories of the Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaʔɬ/sel̓ílwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and that we serve the Peoples of the many Nations throughout British Columbia.