Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Government of Canada Launches Call for Proposals to Improve Accessibility


Organizations can now apply for funding for projects that will create or enhance accessibility for people with disabilities in Canadian communities through the Government of Canada’s Enabling Accessibility Fund.

Dr. Kellie Leitch, Parliamentary Secretary to the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, today invited organizations to submit funding applications for small projects. These may include renovations, construction and retrofitting of buildings, modification of vehicles for community use or enhancements to make information and communication technologies more accessible.

“The Government of Canada recognizes the abilities of all Canadians and is committed to removing barriers for people with disabilities,” said Dr. Leitch. “Through the Enabling Accessibility Fund, our Government is improving access to facilities, activities and services to enable all Canadians to participate more fully in society.”

Eligible organizations can submit applications until October 5, 2012, and can receive up to $50,000 per project.
Dr. Leitch also highlighted four Enabling Accessibility Fund projects in New Brunswick that were selected for funding through the 2011 call for proposals: Community Industries Employment Vocational Association, in Woodstock, to construct an entrance vestibule to increase safe access at their facility; Restigouche Community Business Development Corporation, to install an elevator at their facility; Club d’├óge d’or de Shemogue, to replace a ramp, widen a door and improve lighting for their recreation centre; and Le Phare des services communautaires, in McIntosh Hill, to install an exterior ramp, automated door openers and accessible door handles and to create an accessible washroom.

To find out how to apply for funding or for more information about the Fund, visit www.hrsdc.gc.ca/disability or call 1-866-268-2502.

Source: GAATES