Nanaimo Measures Up For Residents and Visitors

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Using a $25,000-grant from 2010 Legacies Now and its Measuring Up program, Team Nanaimo and the Access Nanaimo Committee (then called the Measuring Up Task Force) have created Access Nanaimo, an online resource guide for people with disabilities. Housed at, the website will be a one-stop shop for information on local service providers, transportation services, businesses, and sport and leisure activities available for people of varying abilities.

"Measuring Up has facilitated opportunities for people with disabilities to be involved in the public decision-making processes that affect their lives," explains Bert Abbott, chair of the Access Nanaimo Committee and British Columbia Paraplegic Association North Island rehab consultant. "Measuring Up helped us define the most important issues facing people with disabilities in Nanaimo, and create effective and efficient ways to address those issues with a goal to build a more vibrant and inclusive community."

The Access Nanaimo Committee has a broad focus. The Access Nanaimo website continues to be updated on a regular basis and enables Nanaimo residents to provide content and report accessibility challenges or concerns by email at or by telephone at 250-755-7706. In addition, a public accessibility challenge event is being planned to educate community members about the realities of living with a disability. The committee will also host an accessibility forum for municipal staff, elected officials, builders, contractors and realtors.

Across British Columbia, more than 100 communities are capturing the inspiration of the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games and turning it into local, community-based legacies with the help of 2010 Legacies Now's Measuring Up program. Measuring Up guides communities in assessing and improving local accessibility for people with disabilities, and Nanaimo is taking advantage of the opportunity to become more inclusive for residents and visitors alike.

Measuring Up helps communities assess and improve how accessible and inclusive they are for people with disabilities, seniors and others with similar needs. The program includes a fund, established by the Province of British Columbia, which offers grants to communities to complete accessibility-related projects.