Access Award of Merit
The City of Prince George believes
that increasing public awareness around the physical, methodical and attitudinal
barriers some members of the community face will help improve the quality of
life for all disabled individuals, giving them the opportunity to more fully
participate in all aspects of community life in Prince George.
The 2016 winner of the City of Prince George Access Award of Merit is the Tabor Mountain Recreational Society. This society is comprised of a number of recreation groups who all use Tabor Mountain for their activities. The society demonstrates the results of community collaboration with their development of a 450 metre accessible trail on Tabor Mountain. The trail includes an accessible outhouse and the Society plans to expand the trail and to build an accessible campsite. The group consulted with Spinal Cord Injury BC, seniors groups, and other disability groups to ensure a successful and functional outcome for a variety of mobility needs.
Congratulations to this dedicated group of volunteers, who worked hard to secure grants, collaborate with stakeholders, and put in countless hours of time and effort into development of this new trail that opens recreational opportunities to all. More information on the accessible trail is available in this brochure.
(Ken Hodges, Mayor Lyn Hall, Randy Ellenchuk)
All nominees for this award were praiseworthy and should be congratulated for the excellent work they have done, and continue to do in support of "Aiming for access" in our community. We gratefully acknowledge the nominees, which included:
- Famous Players theatre for their exceptional customer service toward seniors and people with mobility issues and for the accessible features in their building.
- Integris Credit Union for their no/low-fee banking services and financial training sessions for people with disabilities;
- Larry Fielding, the author of the children's books "The X-Tails". Larry's third book includes a character with a disability and 50% of the royalties from this book go towards the purchase of sport wheelchairs and other recreational equipment for use in Northern B.C.
- Prince George Naturalists Club for their work in developing accessible viewing platforms in the Hudson Bay Slough area;
- Two Rivers Medical Centre for their accessible building design; and
- YMCA of Northern B.C. for their accessible building features and services that ensure people with disabilities can participate in their programs.
Inclusion B.C.'s Ignite Conference
Inclusion B.C's Ignite Conference was hosted in Prince George from June 22nd to 25th, 2016. The conference aimed to spark new ideas and fuel conversations about current trends and issues to advance the rights and opportunities of people with developmental disabilities and their families. The City sponsored the event and the Committee hosted a booth to share information about their work to remove barriers in the community. The Committee asked people to share their ideas about "what an inclusive city is" and gave away prizes to people who participated.
Accessibility in New Development and City Services
A member of the Committee sits on the Advisory Committee on Development and Design in order to make recommendations for enhancing the accessibility of new developments. The Committee also provides advice and resources to improve the accessibility of municipal services, programs and facilities. In 2016 the Committee audited six City-owned facilities in order to make recommendations for removing physical barriers. The Committee is currently working with City staff and Administration to prioritize the barriers that were identified.
StopGap Temporary Ramps for Businesses
Members of the Advisory
Committee on Accessibility have worked with the HandyCircle Resource Society and
the College of New Caledonia to offer a program that allows local businesses to
place temporary ramps in front of their doors to accommodate people with
mobility aids including wheelchairs, strollers, walkers and other
To apply for the program
To contact HandyCircle for more information click here
For more information on
StopGap click here
The City of Prince
George's Set Out/Set Back program is a service in which
collection crews will enter private property to move garbage collection
containers to the curb for collection and then return them to the private
property. This program was developed to accommodate those who have difficulty
moving City of Prince George garbage collection containers to the curb.
offers a similar recycling pick-up at the door for residents who qualify for the
City of Prince George's Set Out/Set Back program.
If you have already
signed up for Set Out/Set Back with the City, contact MMBC at (250) 596-8023 to
sign up for recycling.
If you have not
already signed up for Set Out/Set Back with the City, see the application form