Enabling Accessibility Fund - New Workplace Accessibility Stream
OTTAWA, Dec. 20, 2013 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada is inviting small
businesses and social enterprises to apply for funding through the
Enabling Accessibility Fund for projects that will increase
accessibility for Canadians with disabilities in workplaces across the
The Enabling Accessibility Fund call for proposals, which was launched
at the Calgary Chamber of Commerce today, gives eligible small
businesses and social enterprises in all provinces and territories the
opportunity to submit proposals until January 20, 2014.
Organizations can receive grants of up to $50,000 per project. Projects
must address the objective of removing barriers, improving
accessibility and enabling Canadians with disabilities to participate
in and contribute to their local economies. They must support
employment opportunities for people with disabilities through
construction and renovation activities that will improve accessibility
in the workplace.
Since the first call for proposals in 2008, over 1100 projects have been
awarded funding to improve accessibility in Canadian communities.
Through Economic Action Plan 2013, the Government is extending the
Enabling Accessibility Fund on an ongoing basis at $15 million per year
to continue to improve accessibility in facilities across Canada,
"Our government's top priority is creating jobs, economic growth and
long-term prosperity. Canadians with disabilities have a lot to
contribute to our economic growth, but have traditionally been
under-represented in the labour force. This fund encourages employers
to create accessible workplaces for people with disabilities to provide
them with better job opportunities. I urge all Canadian employers to do
more to train and hire Canadians with disabilities and to ensure their
workplaces are accessible."
- Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister
"Today's announcement provides critical support to increase the
accessibility and inclusivity of Canadian workplaces. We've made
significant advances, but there is still much to be done to ensure that
individuals with disabilities have equal access to employment
opportunities, enabling them to increase their independence, support
their families and contribute to their communities. The Enabling
Accessibility Fund is facilitating social change towards a world where
people of all abilities can fully participate in all aspects of
- Rick Hansen, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Rick Hansen
"The Minister's announcement will allow employers greater opportunity in
hiring people with disabilities. It will allow them to access an eager
labour force and add diversity to their workplace."
- Adam Legge, President and Chief Executive Officer, Calgary Chamber of
"Accommodating people with disabilities in our workplaces is critical to
boosting their participation in the workforce. We welcome the fund's
new focus on helping small businesses increase their accessibility."
- Perrin Beatty, President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Chamber
"The Enabling Accessibility Fund will enable employers to widen their
workforce search and facilitate the hiring of workers with
disabilities. The Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work
recognizes this initiative by the Canadian government to be proactive,
and we are excited to see an increase in hiring the talent pool of
people with disabilities due to this call for proposals."
- Maureen Haan, President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Council on
Rehabilitation and Work
"Canadian Federation of Independent Business supports efforts made by
business owners and government to reduce the barriers to employment for
all Canadians with disabilities. We are encouraged by the announcement
of a new federal program to support achievement of this important
- Richard Truscott, Alberta Director of Provincial Affairs, Canadian
Federation of Independent Business
"The Enabling Accessibility Fund has allowed us to employ youth and
people with disabilities as counselors by funding an accessible room
within our first dorm to replace our 45+ year-old dorms at Easter Seals
Camp Horizon. Easter Seals Camp Horizon is the only camp of its kind
for people with disabilities in southern Alberta and we are grateful
for the federal government's support of our efforts."
- Patti Brewin, Campaign Director, Alberta Easter Seals
Backgrounder: Enabling Accessibility Fund - Workplace Accessibility
Enabling Accessibility Fund - Workplace Accessibility Stream
Projects receiving funding under the Workplace Accessibility Stream must
create or enhance accessibility in workplaces to enable Canadians with
disabilities to participate more fully in the workforce. This call for
proposals closes on January 20, 2014.
Project costs will be shared between the recipient and government.
Contributions equal to or greater than 50 percent of the total eligible
costs of the project must be provided by sources other than the federal
government (which can include the applicant's own organization).
The following types of organizations can apply for funding:
small businesses (having fewer than 50 employees and less than $5
million in gross revenue per year); and
social enterprises: a business or venture owned by a not-for-profit
organization (including charities and co-operatives) that is involved
in the production and/or selling of goods and/or services for
generating income and achieving value related to social, cultural,
and/or environmental goals.
Eligible activities for these projects include construction, renovation
or retrofitting of:
facilities in which jobs could be maintained or created specifically for
people with disabilities;
motor vehicles for work use; and,
information and communications technologies for work use.
The Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) was originally announced in 2007
as a three-year, $45-million program to support community-based
projects across Canada. In 2010, the EAF was extended with an
additional three-year, $45-million commitment and the creation of a new
mid-sized project component.
Economic Action Plan 2013 strengthens federal programs for Canadians
with disabilities to help them get the skills and training they need to
prepare for and find work. Beginning in 2015-16, more Canadians with
disabilities will receive training for in-demand jobs through ongoing
support from the Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities.
SOURCE: Employment and Social Development Canada
For further information:
Office of the Minister
Media Relations Office
Employment and Social Development Canada
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