Funding offered for disabled access

The Government of Canada last has opened a call for proposals for its Enabling Accessibility Fund.

CAMPBELL RIVER—The Government of Canada last has opened a call for proposals for its Enabling Accessibility Fund, North Island MP John Duncan announced last week on behalf of Candice Bergen, Minister of State (Social Development).

Organizations are encouraged to apply for funding through the EAF 2014 call for proposals for projects that will help improve accessibility in community facilities for Canadians with disabilities. The deadline for submitting proposals is Friday, August 1, 2014.

Last year, the Town of Port McNeill successfully secured EAF funding to provide a wheelchair ramp and other accessibility improvements at its Old School building.

“Since its inception in 2007, the Enabling Accessibility Fund has provided tremendous support to organizations within Vancouver Island North,” said Duncan. “I am encouraging proposals once again and anticipate many successful projects funded as a result.”

More than $8 million in funding is available this year. All applications are reviewed against eligibility criteria, call for proposal requirements and program objectives.

Application information is available on Employment and Social Development Canada’s website at www.esdc.gc.ca/eng/disability/eaf/.

Examples of eligible projects could include:

• renovations to widen hallways and doorways;

• installing elevators;

• installing automated power doors;

• replacing doorknobs that are difficult to grasp with accessible handles, and installing accessible washrooms and showers;

• upgrading facilities that offer programs for adults and/or children with autism and other cognitive/intellectual impairments.

“Our goal is to ensure all Canadians can participate in fully in their communities and contribute their many skills to society,” said Bergen.