The sustainability of rural communities depends on the strength of small businesses, with tourism a key component in the beautiful landscape of Hastings—Lennox and Addington. A strong influx of tourists has a positive cumulative impact for the success of other businesses in the area.
Potter Settlement Winery in Tweed is part of the burgeoning culinary tourism sector, which has great potential to spur economic growth for the community.
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 Potter Settlement Artisan Winery in Tweed has received financial support through the small projects component of the Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF).
Funding support of $100,000 will allow for constructing access ramps and decking, concrete access for transportation, and building an accessible washroom.
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. In doing this, we are also supporting the burgeoning rural tourism sector that Potter Settlement Winery is helping to grow.”
– Mike Bossio, Member of Parliament for Hastings—Lennox and Addington
“We extend our gratitude to the federal government for supporting us through the small projects component of the Enabling Accessibility Fund. Thank you to MP Mike Bossio for encouraging us to apply, to MPP Daryl Kramp for the letters of support, to Andrew Redden at Hastings County Tourism and Economic Development, Tweed Mayor Jo-Anne Albert, and John Cairns, Founder and President of the Wheelchair of Hope Foundation, who took the time to show us how our team could best improve our facility’s accessibility for diversity and inclusion of all. Our team at Potter Settlement worked very hard to bring this grant to Tweed and Hastings County, and are delighted to use these funds to provide an amazing wine tasting experience to all.”
– Sandor Johnson, Owner, Potter Settlement Artisan Winery
“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 Potter Settlement Winery, 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.