RICHMOND, BC, April 12, 2018 /CNW/ - Today, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, announced that Chimo Community Services and Chabad of Richmond have received financial support through the Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) to improve accessibility for Canadians with disabilities.
Chimo Community Services received $2,795 in funding for the Chimo Office Accessible Entrance project to install an automatic door opening system, which will ease access to their office entrance.
Chabad of Richmond received $3,020 in funding for the Stair Lift Replacement project to remove the older stair lift and replace it with a new system, which will increase accessibility for people with disabilities within the community.
Canadians with disabilities face challenges every day that prevent them from participating fully in all aspects of our society. Through programs such as the EAF, the Government of Canada is committed to reducing these barriers and ensuring that everyone has equal access and equal opportunity.
Visit our website to learn more about the three program components: small project component, mid-sized component and the youth innovation component.
"Canada is at its best and all of society benefits when everyone is included. The Enabling Accessibility Fund is one of the measures that exist to ensure people with disabilities have opportunities to participate on an equal basis. Through this funding and partnerships with organizations like Chimo Community Services and Chabad of Richmond, we are working to build a more inclusive and accessible Canada."
– The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities
- Since the creation of the Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) in 2007, the Government of Canada has funded over 3,000 projects, helping Canadians gain access to their communities' programs, services and workplaces.
- Starting in 2018–19, the EAF grants and contributions budget will grow to $20.65 million, as Budget 2017 provided $77 million ($70 million in grant and contribution funding and $7 million in operational funding) over 10 years to expand the activities of the EAF and support more small and mid-sized projects, including youth‑driven proposals, aimed at improving accessibility in Canadian communities and workplaces.
- On March 29, 2018, the Government of Canada launched its second funding opportunity for mid-sized projects under the EAF. The mid-sized projects component was first launched in 2010 and since then has undergone changes to better suit the needs of applicants, including making the objective and parameters of the call for concepts more precise.
SOURCE Employment and Social Development Canada
For further information: Media enquiries: Annabelle Archambault, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, 819-934-1122 / TTY: 1-866-702-6967, [email protected]; Media Relations Office, Employment and Social Development Canada, 819-994-5559, [email protected]