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Minister Bergen Highlights Six Enabling Accessibility Fund Projects and the Call for Proposals in the Kootenay Region
|By PR Newswire
|August 20, 2014 01:00 PM EDT
CRANBROOK, BC, Aug. 20, 2014 /CNW/ - Today, the Honourable Candice
Bergen, Minister of State (Social Development), highlighted Government
of Canada support for six community projects aimed at improving
accessibility for people with disabilities. The funding, which totals
$140,723, is provided through the Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF).
Recipients of the grants include the City of Cranbrook (two projects),
the District of Invermere, the City of Kimberley (two projects), and
the Valley Community Resource Society. Funding received through the EAF
supports projects aimed at improving accessibility.
The cities of Cranbrook and Kimberley, the District of Invermere and the
Valley Community Resource Society have all received funding to improve
the accessibility of their facilities through projects to install
automated doors and exterior ramps, lower sinks and counters, and widen
doorways so that people with various abilities can participate in the
lives of their cities.
Minister Bergen also took the opportunity to reiterate the EAF Workplace
Accessibility Stream call for proposals that opened on August 6, 2014.
This stream allows small businesses to submit applications to receive
grants of up to $50,000.
Since the creation of the EAF in 2007, our government has funded over
1,400 projects, helping thousands of Canadians gain better access to
their communities' facilities, programs and services.
Economic Action Plan 2013 extended the EAF on an ongoing basis at $15
million per year to improve accessibility in facilities across Canada,
The EAF launched a call for proposals for workplaces on August 6, 2014.
The call will be open for small businesses to apply until October 1,
2014. Up to $5 million in funding support is available through this
year's call for proposals.
To be considered eligible for the Workplace Accessibility Stream,
projects must be aimed at creating or maintaining job opportunities for
people with disabilities through renovation, retrofitting or
construction of accessible workplaces, and/or the provision of
assistive technologies for work use, among other requirements.
Our government also supported the creation of a Canadian Employers
Disability Forum, expanded the Opportunities Fund for Persons with
Disabilities, created a new generation of Labour Market Agreements for
Persons with Disabilities, and expanded the Ready, Willing & Able
"All across Canada and right here in the Kootenay Region in BC, we are
improving accessibility for Canadians with varying degrees of abilities
in their communities and workplaces to ensure that they can participate
in and contribute their many skills to Canadian society. Through this
fund, we are working together to achieve our government's goals of job
creation, economic growth and long-term prosperity."
- The Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State (Social Development)
"Improving accessibility for people with disabilities is a priority for
me as Mayor and for Council. I am so proud of the work that our city is
doing to help the community and people with disabilities have
barrier-free access to community programs and services offered here in
Cranbrook. On behalf of Council and the City of Cranbrook, I wish to
thank those who have helped to bring these projects to life, and the
federal government for providing financial support through the Enabling
Accessibility Fund. This is an important step in the right direction."
- Wayne Stetski, Mayor of the City of Cranbrook
The Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) was originally announced in 2007
as a three-year, $45-million program to support community-based
projects across Canada. In 2010, the EAF was extended with an
additional three-year, $45-million commitment and a new mid-sized
project component was created. Since the first call for proposals in
2008, over 1,400 projects to improve accessibility in Canadian
communities have received funding.
Through Economic Action Plan 2013, the Government extended the EAF on an
ongoing basis at $15 million per year to continue to help improve
accessibility for Canadians with disabilities in their communities and
For the Community Accessibility Stream, applicants are required to
leverage some of the project costs through non-federal government
sources. Further information on leveraging requirements is available
during calls for proposals.
Projects receiving funding under the Workplace Accessibility Stream must
create or enhance accessibility in workplaces and create or maintain
job opportunities for Canadians with disabilities. The current call for
proposals will be open until October 1, 2014.
Project costs will be shared between the recipient and the government.
Cash contributions equal to or greater than 50 percent of the total
eligible costs of the project must be provided by sources other than
the federal government (which can include the applicant's own
Small businesses with fewer than 50 employees and less than $5 million
in gross revenue per year are eligible to apply through this year's
call for proposals.
For more information about the Enabling Accessibility Fund or to apply
under the current call for proposals, please visit http://www.esdc.gc.ca/eng/disability/eaf/
SOURCE Employment and Social Development Canada
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