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MP McColeman Announces Funding for Nine Projects to Improve Accessibility
Paris, Ontario – Nine community facilities across Brantford, Six Nations and the County of Brant will be proceeding with projects to improve accessibility thanks to the federal government’s Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF). Phil McColeman, Member of Parliament for Brant, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State for Social Development.
McColeman gathered with funding recipients to make the announcement at the St. James Church in Paris, which is receiving a $50,000 EAF grant to deliver comprehensive accessibility upgrades.
“Each of these facilities are important community institutions that offer events, programs and services that make our community better, but accessibility barriers mean that not everyone is able to participate,” said MP McColeman. “The nine projects we’re announcing today will help break down these barriers, creating new opportunities for persons with disabilities to participate in their communities.”
“Our Government is committed to ensuring that Canadians of all abilities have the chance to contribute to our communities and be included in all aspects of society,” said Minister Bergen. “Through our investments in the Enabling Accessibility Fund, more than 1,800 projects across the country are improving accessibility.”
The following nine projects are receiving grants through the EAF program:
- St. James Anglican Church will receive $50,000 for a project that will consist of retrofitting the entrance, building accessibile washrooms and installing an elevator.
- Community Living Brant is receiving $18, 241 to build an accessible washroom, install automated door openers, and replace the doors at the Dunn Building.
- Six Nations Health Services is receiving $40,000 to construct pathways, install ramps, install railings and install automated door openers at the White Pines Wellness Centre. The project will also involve retrofitting an existing parking area.
- Brantwood Community Services is receiving $40,007 to install automated door openers and build accessible washrooms.
- St. Joseph’s Lifecare Centre will receive $10,099 to install elevator voice annunciators.
- The South Brant Legion is receiving $14,950 to install a lift at its Oakland facility.
- Mount Pleasant United Church is receiving $4,725 for a project to widen a doorway, replace a door and install an automated door opener.
- John Noble Home will receive $3,243 for a project to install automated door openers at Bell Lane Terrace.
- The Lions McInnes House will receive $30,885 to install an automated door opener and retrofit a washroom shower.
- Since the launch of the Enabling Accessibility Fund in 2007, the Government of Canada has funded over 1,800 projects, helping thousands of Canadians gain better access to their communities’ facilities, programs and services.
- Economic Action Plan 2013 extended the Enabling Accessibility Fund on an ongoing basis at $15 million per year to improve accessibility in facilities across Canada, including workplaces.
- In recent years, the Government of Canada has taken concrete action to support programs for people with disabilities:
- The Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities has helped over 39,600 people with disabilities across Canada to prepare for, obtain and maintain employment or self-employment.
- So far, Canadians have registered close to 100,000 Registered Disability Savings Plans and have benefitted from over $1 billion in bonds and grants deposited by the federal government.
- With an investment of $222 million per year in the provinces and territories, Labour Market Agreements for Persons with Disabilities are the single largest federal government investment in helping Canadians with disabilities get jobs.
- Economic Action Plan 2014 announced a $15 million investment to expand the Ready, Willing & Able initiative.