VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Aug. 10, 2012) - As a result of the Government of Canada's Enabling Accessibility Fund, four organizations in the Vancouver area are increasing accessibility for people with disabilities in their community. The Honourable Steven Fletcher, Minister of State (Transport), highlighted the completion of these projects today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, at the British Columbia Mobility Opportunities Society.
"The Government of Canada recognizes the abilities of all Canadians and is committed to removing barriers to participation for people with disabilities," said Minister Fletcher. "We are proud to work with organizations that are helping Canadians gain greater access to facilities, programs and services in their community."
Through the Enabling Accessibility Fund, the British Columbia Mobility Opportunities Society received $51,552 to construct an accessible trailer and install ramps at their facility. The Downtown Eastside Women's Centre received $41,800 to install automatic doors, an accessible phone table and non-slip flooring and for the purchase of hands-free computer software and a multi-purpose ramp. True North Hostelling Association BC received $50,000 to create and promote accessible wilderness and outdoor activities that are offered through their hostels. The Silver Harbour Seniors' Activity Centre Society received $35,298 to make improvements to an elevator at their facility so that more people will have access to it.
To learn more about the Enabling Accessibility Fund, visit www.hrsdc.gc.ca/disability.
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Enabling Accessibility Fund
The Enabling Accessibility Fund was originally announced in 2007 as a three-year, $45-million program to support community-based projects across Canada. In 2010, the Fund was extended with an additional three-year, $45-million commitment and the creation of a new mid-sized component.
The Government's top priority is job creation and economic growth, and an additional benefit of the Enabling Accessibility Fund is that it creates jobs in construction and renovation, many of which are in smaller communities. Since the first call for proposals in 2008, over 800 projects have been awarded funding to improve accessibility in Canadian communities.
As part of the Government's continued commitment to supporting Canadians with disabilities, Canada's Economic Action Plan 2012 also provided an additional $30 million invested over three years in the Opportunities Fund. This funding will enable more Canadians with disabilities to obtain work experience with small and medium-sized businesses. As well, through the Registered Disability Savings Plan, beneficiaries, and their families, will have increased flexibility to establish, contribute to and access savings from their plans.