Peterborough-Kawartha – Barriers come in many different forms. Some Canadians face accessibility issues that can prevent them from being able to easily access their workplace, community services, or to fully participate in society.
Today, Maryam Monsef, Member of Parliament for Peterborough-Kawartha, on behalf of the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility, announced $393,594 through the small projects component of the Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) towards seven projects that will increase accessibility in Peterborough, Selwyn and Douro-Dummer.
“Breaking down barriers for people with accessibility issues is having a meaningful impact in Peterborough-Kawartha,” said Monsef. “Because when everyone has opportunities to live and work in barrier free community, we all benefit.”
The projects announced today include a new accessible washroom at Green-Up’s ecology park, significant lighting enhancements for St. Joseph’s at Fleming, building an accessible entrance at the Mount Community Centre, multiple upgrades at the Douro-Dummer Township Public Library, and the installation of an automated door opener and retrofits to the pavement surface at the community space for rural seniors in Selwyn.
The City of Peterborough is receiving funding for two projects. The Art Gallery is receiving $100,000 to retrofit the existing exterior walkway complete with an ice/snow melt system, vestibule with sliding style doors, flooring in the Main Entrance/Reception, Gallery Shop and ramped Exhibit area to provide a mobility aid friendly surface and to improve visual cues/navigational aids, and add a dedicated exhaust system in the Studio spaces to improve access for people with environmental sensitivities.
The City of Peterborough has also been able to purchase assisted hearing devices for five locations: City Hall, Peterborough Police, Social Services, Peterborough Public Library and Community Services.
“We are grateful to receive this funding in order to help make our City more inclusive,” commented Peterborough Mayor Diane Therrien. “All residents have an equal right to receive services and participate fully in our community without barriers. These projects are a great step in the right direction.”
Since 2015, Peterborough-Kawartha has now received $860,517 in Enabling Accessibility Funding for 23 local projects.
“I have held two town halls on accessibility and the input from Peterborough-Kawartha has been invaluable in shaping our government’s Bill C-81 legislation, the Accessible Canada Act,” concluded Monsef. “We will continue taking concrete steps towards the realization of a barrier-free Canada where all Canadians have the same rights and opportunities.”
|Organization Name||Project Title||Project Summary||Amount|
|The City of Peterborough
The City of Peterborough
Peterborough Green-Up Association
The Corporation of the Township of Selwyn
|Accessibility Improvements to the Art Gallery of Peterborough
Assistive Listening Device Kits
Ecology Park Children’s Education Accessibility Facilities
Accessible Community Space for Rural Seniors
|The proposed project consists of building a walkway and installing sliding doors and floors.
Make various meeting spaces more accessible to people with hearing loss people who are deaf and do not talk, people who are deaf-blind and people who benefit from devices that limit distracting noises.
The proposed project consists of building an accessible washroom and barrier free pathways.
The proposed project consists of installing automated door opener and retrofits the pavement surface.
|St. Joseph’s at Fleming||Lighting Enhancement||The proposed project consists of installing LED T8 bulbs lighting.||$32,714|
|The Corporation of the Township of Douro-Dummer||Library Accessibility -Lighting, Ramp and Floor Upgrades||The proposed project consists of constructing a ramp, raising a lowered floor, installing movable shelves, purchasing accessible furniture and upgrading lighting for the visually impaired.||$64,242|
|The Mount Community Centre||Veranda & Entrance Restoration||The proposed project consists of building an accessible entrance.||$57,200|
- Today’s announcement falls under the small projects component. Additional recipients of funding under this component, as well as recipients of funding under the other two components of this program, which are the mid-sized projects component and the youth innovation projects component, will be announced in coming months.
- Eligible organizations can submit funding applications through periodic calls for proposals.
- Since 2015, the Government of Canada has supported more than 2,000 accessibility projects through the Enabling Accessibility Fund. These projects have helped several thousand Canadians by improving their access to their communities’ programs, services and employment opportunities.
- In 2018-19, EAF’s grants and contributions annual budget grew to $20.65 million as Budget 2017 provided an additional $77 million over ten years. These funds have expanded the activities of the program and support more small and mid-sized projects, including youth-driven project proposals, to improve accessibility in Canadian communities and workplaces.
- In addition to the Enabling Accessibility Fund, the Government of Canada invests annually to help address the needs of persons with disabilities through programs such as the Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities, the Disability Component of the Social Development Partnership Program, the Registered Disability Savings Plan, the Canada Pension Plan Disability Benefit, and Labour Market Development Agreements for Persons with Disabilities. The Government of Canada also introduced Bill C-81, the Accessible Canada Act, last June. The Bill was recently passed in the House of Commons and is now in the Senate.