Government of Canada funds projects improving accessibility and inclusion

The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility, along with Steven MacKinnon, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility and Member of Parliament for Gatineau, have announced Government of Canada support for organizations working to improve accessibility and inclusion for persons with disabilities across Canada.

While visiting the Résidences de la Gappe in Gatineau, Qualtrough and MacKinnon announced that the organization is receiving $65,000 in funding under 2018 – 2019 small projects component of the Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF), to help create a new multi-sensory therapeutic room for people with dementia. The room will offer a safe environment with gentle stimulation to help reduce tension and promote overall well-being for residents.

Qualtrough also announced that over $5.8 million is being provided under the 2019 – 2020 small projects component of the EAF, to accessibility projects being led by 140 organizations and municipalities across Canada. In Quebec, approximately $535,800 of this funding will support 20 accessibility projects in communities across the province, focused on the installation of automated doors, elevators and ramps to improve physical accessibility and safety for persons with disabilities. Other projects will make public spaces accessible by lowering counters and providing accessible pathways to promote mobility and inclusion.

The EAF is a federal grants and contributions program that supports community-based projects across Canada aimed at improving accessibility and safety in public spaces and workplaces. The EAF small projects component provides grant funding to support the construction, renovation or retrofit of facilities or venues, creating more opportunities for persons with disabilities to participate in community activities, programs and services, or access employment opportunities.

“Today’s announcement is another example of what our Government is doing to help Canadians with disabilities gain access and contribute to their workplaces and communities. This funding will have a tremendous impact on persons with disabilities in Gatineau. I want to thank all participating organizations for applying for funding that will help to make our public spaces and workplaces more inclusive for all Canadians.” said MacKinnon.

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