(KENORA) April 3, 2018 – Today, the Honourable Bob Nault, on behalf of the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, announced a $138,142 investment through the Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) for three separate projects. These investments will improve accessibility for seniors and Canadians with disabilities in the riding.
The Municipality of Red Lake, as well as the St. Nicholas Ukrainian Church and Ne-Chee Friendship Centre in Kenora, are all receiving financial support for projects that will increase accessibility.
“Seniors and Canadians with disabilities face challenges every day that prevent them from participating fully in all aspects of our society,” stated Nault. “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.”
· Municipality of Red Lake – $50,000 to construct a concrete surface that provides accessibility within and surrounding the outdoor rink surface, along with the ability to support an enclosure.
· St. Nicholas Ukrainian Church – $50,000 toward the installation of a new elevator for its members.
· Ne-Chee Friendship Centre – $38,142 towards the installation of intercom systems, push-button door openers, automatic soap dispensers, automatic hand dryers, automatic faucets, and grab rails by toilets.
In total, approximately 600 EAF projects were approved across Canada for a total of $15.5 million. Through programs such as the EAF, the Government of Canada is taking action to build a more inclusive and accessible Canada. Eligible organizations can submit funding applications through an annual EAF call for proposals.
“It is great to see these two local organizations in Kenora and the Municipality of Red Lake leading by example when it comes to promoting accessibility in Northwestern Ontario,” concluded Nault.
· 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.
· EAF projects that are funded fall under one of two streams: community accessibility or workplace accessibility.
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Ottawa office: Kenora office:
Julian Morelli Ryan Young
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