A motion to build more accessible public washrooms in Vancouver was passed at City Hall.
There are 94 public washrooms within the city of Vancouver, but according to one councillor, that’s not enough.
Non-Partisan Association Councillor Elizabeth Ball says many elderly and disabled people struggle to find accessible toilets across the city.
Ball put the motion forward, after the Senior Advisory Committee received hundreds of pleas from seniors do something about it.
“We’re always talking about livability or the healthy city, or the age-friendly city and this is, I think, a really good place to start, with basic needs.”
Ball says the lack of public washrooms can often put seniors off from leaving the house, resulting in isolation.
“The minute you get out the door, if you don’t know where the washroom is on the way to where you are going, then you just don’t probably go anymore. We do need accessible washrooms that are available and at this point, we don’t have that.”