Bancroft, ON – Today, Mike Bossio, Member of Parliament for Hastings—Lennox and Addington, on behalf of the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility, announced that Community Care North Hastings (CARE North Hastings) and the North Hastings Family Pharmacy have received financial support through the small projects component of the Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF).
CARE North Hastings will receive $12,174 to install automated door openers and construct a cement patio and exterior ramps.
The North Hastings Family Pharmacy will receive $5,119 for accessible doors to the dispensary, Home Health and rental departments.
With programs such as the EAF, the Government of Canada is breaking down the barriers that prevent persons with disabilities from fully participating in all aspects of Canadian society, ensuring that everyone has equal access and equal opportunity.
Providing support to help persons with disabilities access their communities and workplaces is a key part of the Government’s plan to create a more inclusive and accessible Canada. By tabling the proposed Accessible Canada Act in 2018, the Government is taking concrete steps towards the realization of a barrier-free Canada where all Canadians have the same rights and opportunities to contribute to society.
“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, including in rural communities like ours. This funding will have a tremendous impact on persons with disabilities in our community. 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”
– Mike Bossio, Member of Parliament for Hastings—Lennox and Addington
“CARE North Hastings would like to thank the Government of Canada and Mike Bossio for facilitating access to the much needed Enabling Accessibility Grant. Our agency was successful in receiving $12,174 to add accessibility push buttons at our foot care clinic, Foot Fix, and at Heritage Revival Thrift Shop in Bancroft. The push button accessibility will be of benefit to our senior population using mobility aids, walkers and canes to have easy access to shop and attend foot care appointments. Ease of accessibility promotes senior independence and creates a senior friendly community to live in. The balance of funds will be used to upgrade our outdoor patio area with a brushed concrete finish. This new finish promotes safety and reduces the risk of falling on uneven patio stones. Our outdoor patio is used by our clients and shared our community partners at Alzheimers Society and VON Adult Day Program. Our patio is full of life and flowers in the summer and we are very much looking forward to all mutual clients having access to enjoy the sunshine and outdoor scenery.”
– Jennifer Kauffeldt, Executive Director, CARE North Hastings, (Community Care North Hastings)
“Thanks to the Enabling Accessibility Fund, North Hastings Family Pharmacy can better service our many clients who face mobility, health, or strength challenges with the installation of three barrier-free operator doors. Through the collaborative efforts of Lawrence Electric and Peterborough Glass & Windows, the doors to the pharmacy, the Homehealth Department and the Homehealth Rental Store will all be replaced on Tuesday May 7th. This fund is vitally important to removing barriers in our community and we are grateful for the opportunity to participate.”
– Lee Bay, North Hastings Family Pharmacy
“Canada is at its best and all of society benefits when everyone is included. Investing in the Enabling Accessibility Fund is one of the ways our Government is ensuring persons with disabilities in Canada have opportunities to participate in society on an equal basis. Through this funding and through partnerships with organizations like those in Bancroft, we are building a more inclusive and accessible Canada.
– The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility
- Today’s announcement falls under the small projects component. Additional recipients of funding under this component, as well as recipients of funding under the other two components of this program, which are the mid-sized projects component and the youth innovation projects component, will be announced in coming months.
- Since 2015, the Government of Canada has supported over 2,000 accessibility projects through the Enabling Accessibility Fund. These projects have helped several thousand Canadians by improving their access to their communities’ programs, services and employment opportunities.
- Eligible organizations can submit funding applications through periodic calls for proposals.
- In 2018-19, EAF’s grants and contributions annual budget grew to $20.65 million as Budget 2017 provided an additional $77 million over ten years. These funds have expanded the activities of the program and support more small and mid-sized projects, including youth-driven project proposals, to improve accessibility in Canadian communities and workplaces.