Inclusive and Accessible Communities

Supporting inclusive, accessible communities where all residents have equal opportunities to work, socialize, and participate in various activities is at the forefront of the well-being agenda.  We have a considerable ways to go before full inclusiveness and accessibility is achieved but progress is being made.

  • Elimination of the 1.6-kilometre policy to access school bus services, ensures students have safe and reliable transportation to and from school. This will positively impact students and families.
  • Free Metrobus or GoBus passes are available for people receiving Income Support, seniors who receive the Guaranteed Income Supplement and youth receiving services from the Youth Services Program in the areas of St. John’s, Mount Pearl, and Paradise.
  • Accessible transportation programs, including the Accessible Vehicle and Taxi Grants, are rolling out across the province.
  • Accessibility grants, which provide funding for accessibility improvements and inclusion projects in communities.
  • A Summer Camp Inclusion Grant to provide financial assistance for a support person to help facilitate the inclusion of children with disabilities in summer camps.
  • Legislative improvements have been made to improve accessibility in public spaces.
  • The new Accessibility Act helps improve accessibility and inclusion by identifying, preventing and removing barriers that prevent persons with disabilities from full participation in society.