April 9, 2018 – Peterborough, Ontario — Today, the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Member of Parliament for Peterborough—Kawartha, on behalf of the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, announced eleven projects in Peterborough—Kawartha have received a total of $357,364 in federal funding through the Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF). MP Monsef made the announcement at St. Joseph’s at Fleming, a local organization which will benefit from $49,868 from the EAF in order to make accessibility improvements to their facility.
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.
The EAF funds projects that fall under one of two streams: Community Accessibility or Workplace Accessibility.
The Workplace Accessibility Stream gives eligible organizations across Canada funding for projects that improve accessibility and safety for people with disabilities through renovations, retrofits or construction of workplaces, including the provision of accessible information and communication technologies for work use.
The Community Accessibility Stream provides funding for projects that help improve accessibility and safety through renovations, retrofits or construction of community facilities and venues so that programs and services can be accessed by people with disabilities. This includes the provision of information and communication technologies for community use that eliminate systemic accessibility barriers.
Eligible organizations can submit funding applications through an annual EAF call for proposals.
Successful applicants in Peterborough—Kawartha include the following:
- Alternatives Community Program Services, The Braidwood Neighbourhood Project: $30,849
- Peterborough Communication Support Systems, Improving safety for Deaf staff: $2,481
- City of Peterborough, Assistive Listening Device Kits: $33,559
- YWCA Peterborough Haliburton, Renovation of Accessibility Ramp: $31,236
- CCRC (Community Counselling & Resource Centre), George Street Accessibility Project: $21,380
- Peterborough Communication Support Systems, Automatic Door Opener: $3,413
- St. Joseph’s at Fleming, Installation of Automatic Door Openers and Doorway Renovations: $49,868
- Offices That Work!, Common Area Accessibility Upgrades: $45,000
- Five Counties Children’s Centre, Enabling Accessibility Fund; Community Accessibility Stream – improving accessibility of client/reception area: $39,078
- Lakefield Baptist Church, Renovation Project – installation of automatic doors, ramp and lift, accessible washroom: $50,000
- The City of Peterborough City of Peterborough, Park Upgrades (playground surfaces, park walkways & benches): $50,000
“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 persons with disabilities have opportunities to participate on an equal basis. Through this funding and partnerships with organizations like St. Joseph’s at Fleming, 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
“Today’s announcement is another example of how the Government of Canada is helping Canadians of all abilities to fully participate in and contribute to their workplaces and communities. At each of the community town halls I have hosted over the past two and a half years, and particularly at my Accessibility and Inclusion Town Hall, I have heard from individuals about the access barriers to employment, transportation, education, and housing that exist. This funding is an important step for our communities to move forward and meet the needs highlighted by Peterborough—Kawartha residents. We are funding important accessibility improvements not just because it’s the right thing to do, but because it’s the smart thing to do.”
– The Honourable Maryam Monsef, Member of Parliament for Peterborough—Kawartha
- Since the creation of the Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) in 2007, the Government of Canada has funded over 3,000 projects, helping thousands of Canadians gain access to their communities’ programs, services and workplaces.
- The EAF has an annual grants and contributions (Gs and Cs) base budget of $13.65 million.
- Budget 2016 provided an additional $4 million over two years, starting in 2016–17, for the EAF’s community stream to support the capital costs of construction and renovation related to improving physical accessibility and safety for Canadians with disabilities. This has increased EAF’s Gs and Cs budget to $15.65M in 2016-17 and 2017-18.
- Starting in 2018-19, EAF’s Gs and Cs budget will grow to $20.65M as Budget 2017 provided $77 million ($70M in Gs and Cs and $7M in operational funding) over ten 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.
- The Government of Canada is currently accepting applications to the Enabling Accessibility Fund for mid-sized projects until May 24, 2018.
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