May 31, 2021 Peterborough, Ontario Employment and Social Development Canada
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on persons with disabilities and has shed light on the number of Canadians that continue to face barriers to full inclusion in their communities and workplaces. One of the many ways the Government of Canada is taking action to break down those barriers is through funding programs like the Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF).
Today, in honour of National AccessAbility Week (NAAW) 2021, the Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development, Maryam Monsef, on behalf of the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough, hosted a virtual event to announce over $241,000 for four local organizations. Funding through the Small projects components of the Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) will support Camp Kawartha Inc., the New Canadians Centre, the Jewish Community Centre of Peterborough, and the Peterborough Theatre Guild.
The EAF is a federal grants and contributions program that supports construction projects across Canada that improve the accessibility, safety and inclusion of persons with disabilities in our communities. The program helps provide vital accessible infrastructure such as ramps, automatic doors and accessible washrooms. It directly supports organizations so they can offer programs, services and employment opportunities to persons with disabilities.
Today’s announcement will help make outdoor experiences like canoeing, and community activities such as attending the local theatre or participating in events at two major community centres, more accessible to persons with disabilities. These projects are excellent examples of how, by working with organizations, the Government of Canada is helping to break down barriers to accessibility and disability inclusion.
Minister Monsef also highlighted the upcoming launch, on Friday, June 4, 2021, of two new calls for proposals under the EAF Mid-sized projects and Youth Innovation components.
The Mid-sized projects component provides contributions of up to $1 million to support larger retrofit, renovation or construction projects in facilities that house programs and services that help increase social participation and labour market opportunities for persons with disabilities in Canada.
The Youth Innovation component seeks to engage and challenge youth between 15 and 30 years of age, to volunteer and collaborate with local organizations in their communities to secure funding of up to $10,000 for accessibility projects that remove barriers within their communities.
More information will be available on June 4 at: Funding – Canada.ca.