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
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,
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.
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 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,
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
"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.
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
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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Employment and Social Development Canada
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