Navigating the internet can be really frustrating when searching for important information that should be easy to find. We’ve tried to take a lot of the guess work out, by putting together the most important disability resources in British Columbia right here for you in one spot!
Click the drop down menus below to find all kinds of important websites.
WorkBC – WorkBC provides all of the provincial employment programming for BC, offering assistance with resume development, job searches, alternative career exploration with cool programs. They provide lots of great information on disability support at work.
STEPS Forward – is an organization that supports adults with disabilities in attending post-secondary education.
Canadian Human Rights Commission – All humans have basic human rights! The CHRC have loads of info on your rights, and are always advocating to protect those rights.
People First BC – “BC People First advocates for ‘Nothing about US, without US’, affordable housing for all, transit accessibility, relationship and social rights, plus more!”
Self Advocate Net – This is a self advocate website created by adults with diverse disabilities. “We want the website to be a voice for what is important and collective resource’s for everything a Self Advocate may want.”
BC Gov Disability Assistance – Individuals with PWD designation can look into BC financial assistance options here
Registered Disability Savings Fund – Learn about the RDSF from the Government of Canada as a way to help save money for the future
Disability Alliance BC – The Disability Alliance of BC provides help and guidance for filing taxes, seeking or appealing funding decisions and more!
Student Grants – Learn about financial grants from the Government of Canada available to students with disabilities to support their post-secondary education
Community Living BC – CLBC is the main disability supports organization in BC, keeping you up to date on new disability legislation, rights activism and more.
Inclusion BC – Provides online advocacy support, as well as mentoring for people seeking employment.
Mental Health Resources
Crisis Line Association of BC –
1800SUICIDE (24 hours): 1-800-784-2433 310
Mental Health Support (24 hours): 310-6789
Vancouver Island Crisis Line & Chat –
Toll Free (24 hours): 1-888-494-3888
Crisis Text: (250) 800-3806
Crisis Chat: www.vicrisis.ca
Bounce Back – A new online platform and program by the Canadian Mental Health Association for mental health support and well-being
HeadsUp Guys – An online support platform for men struggling with mental health and depression issues – it drives home the point, that men struggle too, and it’s okay to need and ask for help.
Mindyourmind – Provides information and interactive tools for learning about (and improving) mental health. Many of their tools were created by and for young adults.
HeretoHelp – Provides resources for people seeking help for mental health issues. Their services include online screening tests for serious mental health problems (including addiction) and information about accessing other services/referrals.
Victoria Disability Resource Center – A local organization that supports advocacy, independence and disability rights, run by people with disabilities for people with disabilities!
Vancouver Island Crisis Society – Provides support for people having serious mental health difficulties, including thinking about harming themselves. Includes a number that anybody can call at any time, 24/7. They also have text and web chat options, available in the evenings.
Victoria Mental Health & Substance Use – Provides treatment and services for people with mental health and addiction issues. Some of their services need a referral from a doctor, but others can be accessed by calling or walking in.
The Victoria Youth Clinic – A multidisciplinary support service center for youth aged 12-24. Supports range from walk-in counselling to sexual health support to psychiatric aid and much more.
Citizens Counselling – Affordable, accessible volunteer lead counselling sessions for adults residents of Greater Victoria offered on a sliding scale based on family income.
*For Covid 19 specific resources
please visit our Covid 19 Resources section
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