$8 million available for community accessibility projects

The federal government is inviting proposals for projects that increase community accessibility, MP David Wilks announced Thursday, June 3, on behalf of Candice Bergen, minister of State for Social Development.

He said in a statement that the government has $8 million in funding available and organizations are encouraged to apply for funding Friday, August 1, 2014.

All applications are reviewed against eligibility criteria, call for proposal requirements and program objectives.

Application information is available on Employment and Social Development Canada’s website at http://www.esdc.gc.ca/eng/disability/eaf/.

Examples of eligible projects could include:

  • renovations to widen hallways and doorways;
  • installing elevators;
  • installing automated power doors;
  • replacing doorknobs that are difficult to grasp with accessible handles, and installing accessible washrooms and showers; and
  • upgrading facilities that offer programs for adults and/or children with autism and other cognitive/intellectual impairments.