Enterprise, 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, and the Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister of Seniors, announced that thirteen separate organizations and community groups will be receiving financial support from the Government of Canada. Seven will benefit from the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP), and six through the small projects component of the Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF).
Funding for the following projects, provided by the Government of Canada’s Enabling Accessibility Fund, helps break 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.
- Annunciation Catholic Church Hall, Enterprise, will receive $14,950 to rebuild one washroom, to make it fully accessible for parishioners and community members. Funds received will also go to installing an automatic door opener, to make an entrance into the church fully accessible.
- The Tamworth Medical Centre will receive $68,089 to construct an exterior ramp, install an automated door opener, and to build an accessible washroom.
- The Newburgh Community Hall will receive $69,092 to construct an accessibility ramp within their facility.
- The North Hastings District Hospital Auxiliary will receive $2,183 to install an accessible automatic door opener at the entrance to the Corner Café, located in the Professional Building.
- The Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte First Nation will receive $30,043 to construct an accessibility ramp outside of Christ Church, Her Majesty’s Chapel Royal of the Mohawk.
- The Municipality of Stirling-Rawdon will receive $100,000 to construct accessible washrooms, and to install an accessibility lift at the Stirling Arena, which is also the home of the Stirling & District Lions Club.
Funding for the following projects, provided by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP), fosters social inclusion and engagement of seniors by encouraging them to share their knowledge, skills and experience to stay active and engaged:
- The Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte First Nation will receive $25,000 for their Active Seniors Program, promoting further engagement of the community’s seniors.
- The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 228 (Stirling) will receive $24,852 for the rejuvenation of the facility’s heating and cooling system.
- The Lt. Col. Harry Babcock, Branch 137 of the Royal Canadian Legion (Napanee) will receive $4,902 for the purchase of musical equipment, to support social participation amongst the community’s seniors.
- The Marmora and Area Curling Club will receive $25,000 to replace an outdated heating system, and to install a water filtration system for their facility.
- The Tsi Kionhnheht ne Onkwawenna Language Circle, on the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte First Nation, will receive $24,668 for their Ratiwennokwas V Elder’s Gathering.
- The Stirling Curling Club will receive $24,554 to purchase tables, chairs, and protective headgear to allow for continued curling activities, fostering social participation and inclusion of seniors.
- The Auxiliary of Hastings Centennial Manor will receive $25,000 to install door vinyl and kick plates, and will add wheelchair accessible buttons to increase the social participation and inclusion of seniors.
In total, today’s announcement amounts to $438,333 of federal funding here in our rural communities.
“As members of Annunciation Parish Finance Committee, serving many contributing citizens and active Canadian taxpayers worshiping in Enterprise, Ontario, we wish to thank the Government of Canada for the support we were given through the Enabling Accessibility Fund to rebuild in 2019 one of our washrooms so it is fully accessible to the members of our community who are coming to our events, and so they will not encounter unnecessary obstacles in accessing our universal washroom. The Fund also enables us to install in the upcoming months an automatic door opener by the church tower door, at the end of the ramp, thereby making entrance into our beautiful church barrier-free.”
– Jim Barrett (Chairperson), Gerry Boutilier, and Raymond Dubé (Members) of the Annunciation Parish Finance Committee
“This support from the Enabling Accessibility Fund is wonderful news, and will allow for much easier community access to our café.”
-Rose Goodwin, Secretary, North Hastings District Hospital Auxiliary
“The Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte appreciate very much the approved funding from Employment and Social Development Canada under the Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) for our proposed accessibility project at Christ Church, Her Majesty’s Chapel Royal of the Mohawks. This project will allow our members and guest with mobility restrictions to better enjoy this National Historic Site which symbolizes our military alliance with Crown and houses many gifts bestowed upon the Mohawk People from the Royal Family.”
-Chief R. Donald Maracle, Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte First Nation
“We have spent the past three years preparing, fundraising, and struggling to ensure the Lions Hall meets our ultimate goal of complete accessibility. Thanks to the assistance of the Enabling Accessibility Fund, we are able to complete the project in its entirety and launch us in to a new era of serviceability for the community. So many events have not happened over the past few years due to the fact we were not able to offer full inclusion of everyone. Now with this last bit of funding we as a community recreation centre will be able to offer the events, programs and gatherings that are so desperately needed by this and surrounding communities.
-Richard Dean, for the Rawdon & District Centre
“The Lt. Col. Harry Babcock, Branch 137 of the Royal Canadian Legion is very appreciative of the grant money received from the New Horizons for Seniors Program. It has allowed us to purchase musical equipment, which is used to support social participation for seniors who wish to participate in our music program. Branch 137 can now offer a variety of music and entertainment at various functions held at our branch such as Friday lunches and other Legion events. Without the funding, this would not have been able to occur. Thank you for the funding!”
– Kathy Gardner, President of RCL Branch 137
“The Marmora and Area Curling Club greatly appreciates the funding provided by the federal government via the New Horizons for Seniors grant and is using the funding to replace an outdated heating system and install a water filtration system. The cost-effective changes will improve the conditions for seniors by providing safe and comfortable temperatures in which to play, and making it easier to deliver the heavy curling stones.”
-Jamie Walker, Vice President of the Marmora and Area Curling Club
“We thank the Government of Canada for this assistance through the New Horizons for Seniors Program. With this support, we aim to bridge the generational gap between the youth and our seniors by providing a new shared experience that will be a lifetime memory to share with future generations through engagement in fitness, and social interactions.”
-Susan Barberstock, Director of Community Wellbeing, Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte
“Today’s announcement is another example of what our Government is doing to ensure that all Canadians can gain access and contribute to what makes our rural communities the incredible areas we are proud to call our home. I want to thank all participating organizations for applying for funding that will help to make our public spaces and workplaces more inclusive for those with disabilities, and more engaging and welcoming for our seniors.”
– Mike Bossio, Member of Parliament for Hastings—Lennox and Addington
“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
“Seniors are the pillars of our communities. By supporting community-based projects like these, we are taking action to ensure that seniors have a strong presence in communities across Canada and that they receive the recognition, respect and admiration they deserve.”
– The Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister of Seniors
- Every year organizations are invited to apply for NHSP community-based funding through a call for proposals. The project funding announced today was approved as part of a call for proposals that launched on May 7, 2018, and closed on June 22, 2018.
- Community-based projects are eligible to receive up to $25,000 in grant funding and, as of this year, up to $5,000 in new small grants funding for organizations that have not received funding within the last five years.
- A total of approximately $35 million has been approved across Canada for NHSP community-based projects in 2018–2019.
- Community-based project funding supports activities that engage seniors and address one or more of the program’s five objectives: volunteering, mentoring, expanding awareness of elder abuse, social participation and capital assistance.
- Today’s Enabling Accessibility Fund 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.