GATINEAU, QC, Dec. 15, 2017 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada is working to ensure greater accessibility and opportunities for Canadians with disabilities in their communities and workplaces. The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, today launched a call for expressions of interest under the renewed 2017 Social Development Partnership Program – Disability (SDPP-D). The call is open to not-for-profit organizations with a national reach and whose primary mandate is on the inclusion of people with disabilities.
This is the first step in a two-step process which will result in operating funding for national organizations that support the inclusion of people with disabilities.
Under this competitive process, eligible disability organizations are invited to submit their expression of interest before January 10, 2018.
Organizations that are successful in meeting the eligibility criteria (step one) will be invited to submit a full proposal for operating funding (step two) no later than March 31, 2018.
The SDPP-D provides funding for projects that support not-for-profit organizations in their efforts to improve the participation and integration of people with disabilities in all aspects of Canadian society, including identifying and sharing best practices, engaging community partners and supporting the development of tools and resources to address the needs of individuals, their families and communities to name a few.
To learn about the application process, organizations are encouraged to visit the Social Development Projects page.
"Canada is at its best and all of society benefits when everyone is included. Through this program, the Government of Canada supports projects intended to improve the participation and integration of people with disabilities in all aspects of life so that everyone has equal opportunities in their communities and workplaces."
– The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities
- The Social Development Partnerships Program helps improve the lives of children and families, people with disabilities and other vulnerable Canadians. The SDPP has two funding components: Disability, and Children and Families.
- The Disability Component of the SDPP supports projects intended to improve the participation and integration of people with disabilities in all aspects of Canadian society.
- In 2012, about 14 percent of the Canadian population aged 15 years or older—1 in 7 Canadians—reported having a disability that limited their daily activities. That number is expected to grow with an aging population.
Since spring 2016, the SDPP-D has undergone a Program renewal. The goal of the renewal was to design a program that is current and relevant to the disability community, and that supports the capacity of the disability sector as a whole. As part of this renewal, the Department developed a performance and accountability framework informed by the disability community. The framework will address the following four objectives: fairness, transparency, predictability and accountability, and will offer more operational predictability and stability.
The objectives of the SDPP-D are to:
- support the development and utilization of effective approaches to address social issues and challenges;
- develop, exchange and apply knowledge, tools and resources that address the social needs of individuals, families and communities;
- foster partnerships and networks to address existing and emerging social issues;
- recognize and support the ability of not-for-profit organizations to identify and address social development priorities; and
- recognize and promote community engagement initiatives (e.g. volunteerism, corporate social responsibility, innovation by not-for-profit organizations, partnerships, coalitions).
The objective of the expressions of Interest process is to invite eligible not-for-profit organizations with a national reach and a primary mandate that promotes the social inclusion of people with disabilities and that is in line with the SDPP-D objectives, to submit an application for consideration for operating funding.
Since inception of the Disability Component of the Social Development Partnerships Program in 1998, it has provided $11 million annually in grant and contribution funding to organizations to support projects intended to improve the participation and integration of people with disabilities in all aspects of Canadian society.
SOURCE Employment and Social Development Canada
For further information: 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]