Society benefits greatly when all Canadians can participate equally in their workplace and community. During the recent National Access Ability Week, we celebrated, highlighted and promoted inclusion and accessibility across Canada. Society benefits greatly when all Canadians can participate equally in their workplaces and communities.
Deb Schulte, Member of Parliament for King-Vaughan, on behalf of the Hon. Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, encourages businesses, community organizations and other eligible recipients to apply for funding through the Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) Call for Proposals.
Canadians with disabilities face challenges every day, which prevent them from participating fully in their community and the economy. Through programs such as the EAF, the Government of Canada is committed to reducing these accessibility barriers and ensuring that everyone has equal access and opportunity.
This Call for Proposals includes a Workplace Accessibility and a Community Accessibility funding stream. The EAF Workplace Accessibility Stream gives eligible businesses and other employers across Canada the opportunity to submit funding proposals for projects that improve accessibility and safety for people with disabilities through the construction, renovation or retrofit of workplaces and the provision of accessible information and communications technologies.
The EAF Community Accessibility Stream provides funding for projects that help improve accessibility and safety through the construction, renovation or retrofit of community facilities and the provision of accessible information and communications technologies so that community programs and services can be accessed by people with disabilities.
Businesses with up to 99 full-time equivalent employees and community organizations can receive government grant project funding of up to $50,000. Not-for-profit organizations, for profit organizations, small municipalities (population under 125,000), Indigenous organizations (including band councils, tribal councils and self-government entities) and territorial governments are eligible to apply.
Eligible applicants in all provinces and territories can submit proposals until Wednesday, July 26, 2017. In addition to this Call for Proposals, and in celebration of Canada 150, a portion of the 2017-18 EAF funding budget will support a pilot project for up to 150 youth-driven projects aimed at increasing accessibility in community facilities and workplaces across Canada. The maximum funding per project will be $10,000. Youth interested in participating will identify accessibility barriers in public places or workplaces within their communities and/or surrounding communities and seek out interested organizations willing to work with them to lead the development of accessibility project proposals.
The Enabling Accessibility Fund has an annual budget of $15 million.
- Since the creation of the Enabling Accessibility Fund, the Government of Canada has funded over 2,890 projects, helping thousands of Canadians gain access to employment opportunities and their communities’ programs, services.
- Budget 2016 provided an additional $4 million over two years, starting in 2016–17, for the Enabling Accessibility Fund’s community stream to support the capital costs of construction and renovation related to improving physical accessibility and safety for Canadians with disabilities.
- Budget 2017 proposes to provide $77 million over 10 years, starting in 2018-19, to expand the activities of the Enabling Accessibility Fund. This will enable the program to support more small and mid-sized projects in Canadian communities and workplaces.