NANAIMO, BC, Aug. 6, 2014 /CNW/ - The Enabling Accessibility Fund call
for proposals was launched today by the Honorable Candice Bergen,
Minister of State (Social Development) at the Nanaimo Association for
Community Living, giving eligible small businesses in all provinces and
territories the opportunity to submit proposals until October 1, 2014.
Small businesses are encouraged to apply for funding, to receive grants
of up to $50,000 for projects that will increase accessibility for
Canadians with disabilities in workplaces across the country.
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 its creation in 2007, our Government has funded over 1,400
projects through the EAF helping thousands of Canadians gain better
access to their communities' facilities, programs and services.
Economic Action Plan 2013 extended the Enabling Accessibility Fund 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
"Our Government has taken unprecedented action to support Canadians with
disabilities. As part of our focus on creating jobs and opportunities,
we invite small businesses to begin submitting proposals to eliminate
barriers and improve accessibility for people with disabilities. Our
goal is to ensure all Canadians can participate in, and contribute
their many skills to our workforce."
- The Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State (Social Development)
The Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) was originally announced in 2007
as a three-year, $45-million program to support community-based
projects across Canada, and was renewed in 2010 with the creation of a
new mid-sized project component. Since the first call for proposals in
2008, over 1,400 projects have been awarded funding to improve
accessibility in Canadian communities.
Through Economic Action Plan 2013, the Government extended EAF on an
ongoing basis at $15 million per year to continue to help improve
accessibility for Canadians with disabilities in their communities as
well as in their workplaces.
Projects receiving funding under the Workplace Accessibility Stream must
create or enhance accessibility in workplaces and create or maintain
job opportunities for Canadians with disabilities. This call for
proposals closes on October 1, 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).
Small businesses with fewer than 50 employees and less than $5 million
in gross revenue per year are eligible to apply through this year's
call for proposals.
For more information about how to submit proposals please visit http://www.esdc.gc.ca/eng/disability/eaf/workplace.shtml
SOURCE: Employment and Social Development Canada
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