Today, Mike Bossio, Member of Parliament for Hastings—Lennox and Addington, on behalf of the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister Science and Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, announced that three projects in Stone Mills Township have received financial support totalling $94,120 through the Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) to improve accessibility for Canadians with disabilities.
Centreville Memorial United Church will receive $50,000 to improve accessibility to the church. The Township of Stone Mills will also receive $30,000 to improve accessibility to the municipal office, and $14,120 for the Tamworth Community Hall and Library.
Canadians with disabilities face challenges every day that prevent them from participating fully in all aspects of our society. Through programs such as the EAF, the Government of Canada is committed to reducing these barriers and ensuring that everyone has equal access and equal opportunity.
The EAF funds projects that fall under one of two streams: community accessibility or workplace accessibility.
The Workplace Accessibility Stream gives eligible organizations across Canada funding for projects that improve accessibility and safety for people with disabilities through renovations, retrofits or construction of workplaces, including the provision of accessible information and communication technologies for work use.
The Community Accessibility Stream provides funding for projects that help improve accessibility and safety through renovations, retrofits or construction of community facilities and venues so that programs and services can be accessed by people with disabilities. This includes the provision of information and communication technologies for community use that eliminate systemic accessibility barriers.
Eligible organizations can submit funding applications through an annual EAF call for proposals.
“Today’s announcement is making a rural community like Stone Mills more accessible for Canadians of all abilities. These projects at Centreville Memorial United Church, Tamworth Community Hall and Library, and the Municipal Office in Centreville are further examples of what the Government of Canada is doing to help Canadians of all abilities to fully participate in and contribute to their workplaces and communities. I want to thank all participating organizations for applying for funding that will help to make our communities and workplaces more inclusive for all Canadians.”
– Mike Bossio, Member of Parliament for Hastings—Lennox and Addington
“Through the EAF’s community stream, the Township has received financial support to construct a ramp inside the Tamworth Hall, helping to make the washroom and kitchen areas more accessible. Accessibility improvements will also be made to the main entrance of the Tamworth Hall. At the Centreville Municipal Offices, we will upgrade accessibility to the building’s washrooms and entrance to the Hall. All of these improvements will make the buildings more accessible for the public and employees.”
– Eric Smith, Reeve of the Township of Stone Mills
“The congregation of Centreville Memorial United Church decided in the spring of 2017 to pursue the idea of a lift for our church, to make it more accessible to those with mobility issues. A committee was formed, quotes were received, paperwork was completed and after a bit of a wait the result was a $50,000 grant from the Enabling Accessibility Fund. Cam Monk from Specialized Onsite Services has been hired to complete the renovation and work will begin shortly. The washroom will also be made accessible. Once completed, people will be able to get into the lift on ground level and go up for services in the Sanctuary or down for get-togethers in the basement. Everyone involved with our church is so grateful to our government for giving us the opportunity to see this dream through to reality”
– Colleen Jelley, Treasurer, Centreville Memorial United Church
“Canada is at its best and all of society benefits when everyone is included. The Enabling Accessibility Fund is one of the measures that exist to ensure persons with disabilities have opportunities to participate on an equal basis. Through this funding and partnerships with organizations, we are working to build a more inclusive and accessible Canada.”
– The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities
- Since the creation of the Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) in 2007, the Government of Canada has funded over 3,000 projects, helping thousands of Canadians gain access to their communities’ programs, services and workplaces.
- The EAF has an annual (grants and contributions (Gs and Cs)) base budget of $13.65 million.
- Budget 2016 provided an additional $4 million over two years, starting in 2016–17, for the EAF’s community stream to support the capital costs of construction and renovation related to improving physical accessibility and safety for Canadians with disabilities. This has increased EAF’s Gs and Cs budget to $15.65M in 2016-17 and 2017-18.
- Starting in 2018-19, EAF’s Gs and Cs budget will grow to $20.65M as Budget 2017 provided $77 million ($70M in Gs and Cs and $7M in operational funding) over ten years, to expand the activities of the EAF and support more small and mid-sized projects, including youth-driven proposals, aimed at improving accessibility in Canadian communities and workplaces.