Today, Sean Fraser, Member of Parliament for Central Nova, on behalf of the Honourable Kirsty Duncan Minister of Science and Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, announced that St. George’s Parish in New Glasgow has received $35,104 through the Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) towards construction of a new accessible lift.
The new lift, which is currently under construction, will allow for those utilizing the facility to access both the church and the community space on the lower level of the 141-year-old building.
The EAF supports community-based projects across Canada aimed at making public facilities and workplaces more accessible. In February, Minister Duncan announced the approval of approximately 600 Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) projects for a total of $15.5 million across the country. Through programs such as the EAF, the Government of Canada is taking action to build a more inclusive, accessible and resilient Canada.
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.
Call for Concepts (CFC) for the 2018 Enabling Accessibility Fund are now open for mid-sized projects. This particular project announced today was funded under the small-projects fund, which is currently closed, however when reopened, will be shared by MP Fraser.
The EAF mid-sized CFC provides contribution funding to organizations for projects that help improve and make Canadian facilities and venues more accessible for people with disabilities. As a result of the projects, eligible organizations must offer or plan to offer services and programs that support the social and labour market integration needs of people with disabilities. Financial contributions between $350,000 and $1 million will be provided through the current CFC for each successful retrofit, renovation or construction project.
Eligible applicants have until May 24, 2018, to submit their project concept application online, by mail or email.
“Canada is at its best and all of society benefits when everyone is included, and projects like the ones approved through the Enabling Accessibility Fund do just that. I am glad to see the enthusiasm for this fund growing each year. Thanks to the projects announced today, Canadians with disabilities can fully participate in their communities and their workplaces.”
– The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities
“Investing in accessible infrastructure serves to remove barriers that hinder full participation in our communities. I am proud to see our government taking steps to improve accessibility of our region so everyone can be included in local events and institutions.”
– Sean Fraser, Member of Parliament for Central Nova
- The EAF has an annual (grants and contributions) 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 the EAF grants and contributions budget to $15.65 million in 2016–17 and 2017–18.
- 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 grants and contributions 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.
Funding: Enabling Accessibility in Workplaces and Communities