Organizations longing for funding to increase accessibility for persons with disabilities can now apply to the federal government with a fund called Enabling Accessibility.
The Government of Canada is calling for proposals for projects that will create or enhance accessibility in Canadian communities.
Kamloops MP Cathy McLeod said she invites local organizations to submit proposals for projects that can include renovations, construction and retrofitting of buildings, modification of vehicles for community use, or enhancements to make information and communication technologies more accessible.
Projects could include things like constructing ramps, installing wider or automatic doors, building accessible washrooms, installing elevators or lifts, enhancing interactive speech capability on a public-access computer and more.
“The Government of Canada recognizes the abilities of all Canadians and is committed to removing barriers for people with disabilities,” said McLeod.
Not-for-profits, small municipalities with fewer than 250,000 people, small private-sector organizations with fewer than 50 employees and under $5 million in gross revenue per year, colleges and universities and territorial and Aboriginal governments are eligible to apply.
The fund was originally announced in 2007, and was extended in 2010 with $45 million over three more years. Since 2008, over 800 projects have been awarded funding to improve accessibility in Canadian communities, according to a press release from McLeod.
The call for proposals was launched on Aug. 21 and is open until Oct. 25.
Organizations can receive up to $50,000 per project.
All projects must involve community partnerships and at least 25 per cent of the total proposed costs must come from non-federal government sources.
To find out how to apply for funding or for more information, visit www.hrsdc.gc.ca/disability.