Human Rights & Equality

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Accessibility

BC NDP

Work with people across the province to develop and bring in comprehensive accessibility legislation.
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BC Liberals

  • Increase the supply of fully-accessible housing units for persons with disabilities in newly-built multi-unit residential buildings.
  • Modernize the BC Building Code to address accessibility.
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BC Greens

  • Introduce a BC Accessibility Act.
  • Establish a housing office charged with assisting people with disabilities and youth aging-out to find suitable accommodation.
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Conversion therapy

BC Greens

Ban conversion therapy.
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Diversity in government

BC NDP

Support increased representation of Indigenous, Black, and people of colour within government, and set targets for representation in the public sector.
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BC Liberals

Adopt and ensure diversity commitments for hiring in the public service and for government-appointed boards.
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Gender-based violence

BC NDP

  • Develop an action plan to end gender-based violence, including minimum standards for sexual assault response.
  • More training for police, crown council and justices.
  • Establishing core funding for sexual assault centres.
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BC Liberals

  • Extend the Sexual Violence and Misconduct Policy Act beyond public post-secondary institutions to all of government.
  • Adopt Clare's Law, making violent criminal histories open to those at risk, esp. potential partners.
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Gender pay gap

BC NDP

Introduce new pay transparency legislation in an attempt to move towards equal pay for equal work.

BC Liberals

Require companies with at least 50 employees to report the compensation paid to categories of male and female employees, via the Equal Pay Reporting Act.
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BC Greens

Introduce equal pay legislation.
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Immigration

BC NDP

Streamline foreign credential assessments processed by various regulatory bodies and health-related Colleges to make sure immigrants can access job opportunities in their field.
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Period poverty

BC NDP

Create a multi-sector Period Poverty Task Force to develop a long-term response to period poverty.
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Policing

BC NDP

Modernize the Police Act based on the recommendations of the Special Committee on Reforming the Police Act, prioritizing tackling systemic racism, creating a dedicated hate crime unit within local forces, and reviewing training and procedures for "wellness checks".
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BC Liberals

  • Establish more Integrated Mobile Crisis Response Teams to respond to mental health calls.
  • Require police services to adopt anti-racism & anti-discriminatory conduct policies.
  • Establish standards to eliminate arbitrary racial-profiling.
  • Increase use of non-armed police patrols.
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BC Greens

  • Restart the Police Act review.
  • Review procedures for wellness checks in consultation with BIPOC and health professionals, with a goal of expanding use of integrated mental health crisis teams.

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Racism

BC NDP

Conduct a full review of anti-racism laws in other jurisdictions and launch a full stakeholder consultation leading to a new Anti-Racism Act.

BC Liberals

Ensure all government services are free of racism and prejudice, and require all government offices to follow anti-racism policies.
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BC Greens

  • Support better demographic data collection to better understand disparities in our society, for health, education, housing, and employment outcomes in particular.
  • Carry out the requests of the BC Advisory Committee on the UN Decade for People of African Descent.
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Systemic discrimination

BC NDP

Work with BC's Human Rights Commissioner and stakeholders to introduce legislation to collect race-based data on policing, health care, and education.

BC Liberals

Require every provincial employee to undertake cultural safety and humility training.
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