Minister Bergen launches new call for proposals for the Enabling Accessibility Fund

PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE, MB, June 20, 2014 /CNW/ - The Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) Call for Proposals for Community-Based Projects was launched today by the Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State (Social Development), at the Portage Ukrainian Nursery School in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba.

The Government is encouraging organizations to submit proposals for projects that will help improve accessibility in community facilities for Canadians with disabilities. Eligible organizations in all provinces and territories can submit proposals until Friday, August 1, 2014.

While visiting the Portage Ukrainian Nursery School, Minister Bergen toured the facility to see first-hand the improvements that were made as a result of a previous $50,000 EAF grant to the school. The upgrades included installing an exterior ramp, an elevator, automatic doors in the washrooms and lower sinks with automatic taps.

Quick Facts

  • Since the creation of the EAF in 2007, our government has funded over 1,400 projects, helping thousands of Canadians gain better access to their communities' facilities, programs and services.

    Examples of eligible projects could include:
    • renovations to widen hallways and doorways;
    • installing elevators;
    • installing automated power doors;
    • replacing doorknobs that are difficult to grasp with accessible handles, and installing accessible washrooms and showers; and
    • upgrading facilities that offer programs for adults and/or children with autism and other cognitive/intellectual impairments.

  • Economic Action Plan 2013 extended the EAF on an ongoing basis at $15 million per year to improve accessibility in facilities across Canada, including workplaces.

  • Our government also supported the creation of a Canadian employers disability forum, expanded the Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities, created a new generation of Labour Market Agreements for Persons with Disabilities, and expanded the Ready, Willing & Able initiative.

Quotes

"Our government has taken unprecedented action to strengthen programs for Canadians with disabilities. As part of our focus on creating jobs and opportunities, we invite organizations to begin submitting their proposals for projects that eliminate barriers and improve accessibility for people with disabilities in our communities. Our goal is to ensure all Canadians can participate fully in their communities and contribute their many skills to society."
- The Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State (Social Development)

"The Enabling Accessibility Fund grant was important in making our project goals a reality. With these funds, we made improvements to our facility, which is now accessible to all."
- Lori Carpenter, Director, Portage Ukrainian Nursery School Inc.

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Backgrounder


The Harper government announced the Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) in 2007 as a three-year, $45-million program to support community-based projects across Canada. In 2010, the EAF was extended by an additional three-year, $45-million commitment and a new mid-sized project component was created. Since the first call for proposals in 2008, over 1,400 projects to improve accessibility in Canadian communities have received funding. Over $8 million in funding is available through this year's call for proposals, held under the EAF Community Accessibility Stream.

Through Economic Action Plan 2013, the Government extended the EAF on an ongoing basis at $15 million per year to continue to help improve accessibility for Canadians with disabilities in their communities and in their workplaces.

The workplace accessibility stream of the EAF provides funding to eligible recipients for capital cost projects that improve accessibility in workplaces across Canada. To be considered elible for funding, projects must be directly related to maintaining or creating job opportunities for people with disabilities.

There will be an opportunity for small businesses to apply for funding through a call for proposals under the Workplace Accessibility Stream, which is expected to launch in the coming months. For more information about the EAF Workplace Accessibility Stream, visit www.esdc.gc.ca/eng/disability/eaf/workplace.shtml.

For further information on how to submit proposals under the current call for community-based projects, visit: www.esdc.gc.ca/eng/disability/eaf/.


SOURCE: Employment and Social Development Canada

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Office of the Minister
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