VANCOUVER, Feb. 20, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of
State (Seniors), announced today that Canadians with disabilities will
gain better access to programs and services offered through the Lookout
Society, thanks to the Government of Canada's Enabling Accessibility
The Lookout Society provides housing and support services for people who
are homeless in Metro Vancouver. Through the EAF, the Society is
receiving more than $16,000 to install automated door openers at the
entrance to one of its buildings.
The Government extended the EAF on an ongoing basis at $15 million per
year to improve accessibility in facilities across Canada, including
Since launching the EAF in 2007, the Government of Canada has funded
over 1 100 EAF projects, helping thousands of Canadians gain better
access to their communities' facilities, programs and services.
The Government of Canada also launched the Homelessness Partnering
Strategy (HPS) in April 2007, and since then has allocated over $740
million for projects to prevent and reduce homelessness across Canada.
In 2013, the Government committed additional funding of almost $600
million over five years, starting April 1, 2014, to renew the HPS using
a Housing First approach.
"The Government of Canada is committed to improving accessibility for
Canadians with disabilities. This project ensures that people in
Vancouver who need help through the Lookout Society will have easier
access to their programs and services."
- The Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors)
Government Support for Canadians with Disabilities
Enabling Accessibility Fund
Enabling Accessibility Fund
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. Since 2007, over 1 100 projects have been
awarded funding to improve accessibility in Canadian communities.
Through Economic Action Plan 2013, the Government is extending EAF on an
ongoing basis at $15 million per year to continue to help improve
accessibility for Canadians with disabilities.
All applications for funding though the EAF's 2012 call for proposals
were screened against mandatory program criteria. Successful projects
demonstrated they were able to create or enhance accessibility for
Canadians with disabilities 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.
Homelessness Partnering Strategy
The Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS) is a unique community-based
program aimed at preventing and reducing homelessness by providing
direct support and funding to 61 designated communities across Canada.
The Housing First approach recognizes that housing stability is an
important first step in addressing homelessness. It is also necessary
for the success of other interventions, such as education and training,
developing life skills and managing mental health issues.
Housing First involves giving people who are homeless first a place to
live, and then the necessary supports (e.g. for mental illness) to help
them stabilize their lives and recover as well as possible.
The availability of safe, stable housing and related supports is an
important element in addressing homelessness and helping individuals
who are homeless achieve greater self-sufficiency and a better quality
Since the launch of the HPS in April 2007, the federal government has
approved over $740 million for projects to prevent and reduce
homelessness across Canada. The HPS provides structures and supports
that help people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness to achieve
self-sufficiency and participate fully in society. This model seeks to
address homelessness by working in partnership with the provinces and
territories and other federal departments, as well as with communities
and the private and not-for-profit sectors.
For more information on the HPS and its seven funding streams, visit www.hrsdc.gc.ca/homelessness.
SOURCE: Employment and Social Development Canada
For further information:
Office of the Minister of State (Seniors)
Media Relations Office
Employment and Social Development Canada
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