Government of Canada launches call for proposals to improve accessibility

Organizations can now apply for funding for projects that will create or enhance accessibility for people with disabilities

Organizations can now apply for funding for projects that will create or enhance accessibility for people with disabilities in Canadian communities through the Government of Canada’s Enabling Accessibility Fund.

Cathy McLeod, Member of Parliament for Kamloops – Thompson – Cariboo, today invited organizations to submit proposals for small projects.

These may include renovations, construction and retrofitting of buildings, modification of vehicles for community use or enhancements to make information and communication technologies more accessible.

“The Government of Canada recognizes the abilities of all Canadians and is committed to removing barriers for people with disabilities,” said McLeod. “Through the Enabling Accessibility Fund, our Government is improving access to facilities, activities and services to enable all Canadians to participate more fully in society.”

The call for proposals was launched by Dr. Kellie Leitch, Parliamentary Secretary to the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, on August 21, 2012. Organizations can submit proposals until October 5, 2012, and can receive up to $50,000 per project.

To find out how to apply for funding or for more information about the Fund, visit HYPERLINK “http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/disability” www.hrsdc.gc.ca/disability.