ANTIGONISH, NS, July 12, 2013 /CNW/ - People with disabilities in the
Halifax area will soon benefit from improved accessibility in their
communities as a result of funding from the Government of Canada. The
announcement was made today by the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of
National Defence and Member of Parliament for Central Nova, on behalf
of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills
"Our government is proud to help people with disabilities gain better
access to community facilities, programs and services," said Minister
MacKay. "We are dedicated to ensuring all Canadians have the
opportunity to participate more fully in all our society has to offer."
Through the Enabling Accessibility Fund, four organizations in the
Halifax area will receive funding totalling more than $114,000. The
funding will help remove barriers and enhance accessibility at the
First Baptist Church Halifax, the Canadian National Institute for the
Blind, the Hillside Wesleyan Church as well as the Multiple Sclerosis
Society of Canada.
To continue to improve accessibility in facilities across Canada,
including in workplaces, the Government proposes in Economic Action
Plan 2013 to extend the Enabling Accessibility Fund on an ongoing basis
at $15 million per year.
In addition, Economic Action Plan 2013 proposes to strengthen federal
programming for people with disabilities to help them get the skills
and training they need to gain better access to the labour market. This
includes $40 million per year in ongoing funding for the Opportunities
Fund for Persons with Disabilities, starting in 2015-16, to help more
people with disabilities overcome barriers to employment and train for
Enabling Accessibility Fund (Small Project Component)
The Enabling Accessibility Fund was originally announced in 2007 as a
three-year, $45 million program to support community-based projects
across Canada. In 2010, the Fund was extended with an additional
three-year, $45 million commitment and the creation of a new mid-sized
component. Since the first call for proposals in 2008, over 1
000 projects have been awarded funding to improve accessibility in
In Economic Action Plan 2013, the Government proposes to extend the
Enabling Accessibility Fund on an ongoing basis at $15 million per year
to continue to help improve accessibility for people with disabilities.
All applications for funding through the Enabling Accessibility Fund's
2012 call for proposals were screened against mandatory program
criteria and for completeness. Successful projects demonstrated they
were able to create or enhance accessibility for people with
disabilities within Canada and involve community partnerships. At least
25 percent of the total eligible costs for each project will come from
sources other than the federal government.
SOURCE: Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
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