New standards for the design and construction of adaptable housing have been added to the BC Building Code. The new standards include wider doorways, accessible entrances, extra reinforcement in bathroom walls to allow grab bars to be installed and easy to use light switches and door handles. 

Adaptable housing is designed and built so that accessibility features can be added more easily and inexpensively after construction. It will benefit anyone whose mobility is limited due to age, disability or illness, making it easier for them to function more independently in their own home.

On July 10, 2018, Council adopted a new Zoning Bylaw which includes a requirement that 50% of all new apartment units must meet adaptable housing standards.

More information on the Provincial Adaptable Housing Standards is provided by the provincial government.