Government of Canada launches a call for proposals and invests in projects that increase accessibility in communities across Canada

GATINEAU, QC, May 28, 2024 /CNW/ – More inclusive and accessible spaces, services and workplaces are critical to helping Canadians, including persons with disabilities, to fully participate and meaningfully contribute to society and the economy. The Government of Canada is strongly committed to support organizations that increase accessibility and inclusion in their communities and contributing to creating a barrier-free access for everyone.

Today, as part of National AccessAbility Week 2024, the Minister of Diversity, Inclusion and Persons with Disabilities, Kamal Khera, launched a new call for proposals (CFP) under the small projects component of the Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF). 

Under this new CFP, $14.7 million has been allocated to fund approximately 150 small scale construction projects across the country. Each project could receive up to $125,000, and priority will be given to accessibility projects led by Indigenous organizations and projects led by organizations that deliver services to support persons with disabilities living in poverty, such as shelters, food banks and clothing charities. 

Minister Khera also announced over $18.7 million in funding for 264 projects submitted under the EAF small 2022 CFP process that are driving positive change in communities across the country. This funding is in addition to the $70.8 million announced in May 2023, for 902 accessibility projects that are helping to increase the social and labour market participation of persons with disabilities, which brings the Government’s total investment under the 2022 CFP to more than $89 million.   

The EAF program supports the Government’s Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP), which is focused on reducing poverty among persons with disabilities, helping persons with disabilities into good quality jobs, facilitating easier access to federal programs and services, and building accessible and inclusive communities while fostering a culture of inclusion.  

Organizations have until 3:00 p.m. EDT on July 23, 2024 to submit a proposal online at  Enabling Accessibility Fund – Small Projects.

Quotes

“There is no better time than National AccessAbility Week to acknowledge the impact organizations across the country are having in building truly accessible communities and workplaces. Through the Enabling Accessibility Fund, our government is proud to support those community champions who, project by project, are creating a Canada for everyone, where barrier-free access and disability inclusion are the norm.”
– Minister of Diversity, Inclusion and Persons with Disabilities, Kamal Khera

Quick Facts 
  • The 2022 Canada Survey on Disability found that 27% of Canadians aged 15 and over—or about 8 million persons—report as having at least one disability.
  • The EAF is a federal grants and contributions program that supports infrastructure projects across Canada that improve the accessibility, safety and inclusion of persons with disabilities in communities and the labour market. The small projects component of the EAF provides funding for small scale construction projects that help persons with disabilities to gain access to programs, services and employment opportunities. Over 7,600 projects have been funded under the EAF since its launch in 2007.
  • Online information sessions will be offered to support organizations through the application process for the new EAF Small CFP. English and French sessions will be held in June and July. Details on session dates, times and registration information can be found on-line at Enabling Accessibility Fund – Small Projects.
  • Budget 2024 proposes key measures to support persons with disabilities including investments to: launch a new Canada Disability Benefit; expand the disability supports deduction; ensure access to essential drugs and medical devices; create a new Youth Mental Health Fund; and improve recruitment and assessment processes for persons with disabilities through the Federal Internship Program for Canadians with Disabilities.
  • National AccessAbility Week (NAAW) 2024, runs from May 26 to June 1, 2024, and is a nationwide week of recognition that celebrates the many social, economic, and cultural achievements of persons with disabilities. The theme for NAAW 2024 is: “Forward Together: Accessibility and Inclusion for All”.
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Additional projects funded under the 2022 EAF small component call for proposals: 

Alberta 

Abundant Life Church of Grande PrairieGrande Prairie (funding amount: $8,633)
Berean Church of God International – Edmonton (funding amount: $46,002)
Central Alberta Immigrant Women’s Association (CAIWA) – Red Deer (funding amount: $100,000)
CentrePoint Church – Camrose (funding amount: $99,987)
Credit Union Co-op Aquatic Centre – Rocky Mountain House (funding amount: $20,792)
Emerald Community and Recreation Society – Calgary (funding amount: $100,000)
Friends of the Millet Youth Society – Millet (funding amount: $100,000)
Greater Athabasca Community Foundation – Boyle (funding amount: $100,000)
Hyde Park Condominium Corporation – Edmonton (funding amount: $99,984)
Irish Cultural Society of CalgaryCalgary (funding amount: $100,000)
Italiano Please! – Calgary (funding amount: $32,489)
Jewish Family Services – Edmonton (funding amount: $91,020)
Lacombe Performing Art Centre, LPAC – Lacombe (funding amount: $61,559)
Mile Zero Dance (MZD) – Edmonton (funding amount: $53,396)
Pusha – Edmonton (funding amount: $100,000)
Sage Seniors Association — Edmonton (funding amount: $30,611)
Shepherd’s Care Foundation – Edmonton (funding amount: $50,387)
The MAD House Onoway Daycare & OSC – Onoway (funding amount: $100,000)
Town of Bow IslandBow Island (funding amount: $100,000)
Town of ClaresholmClaresholm (funding amount: $100,000)
Town of CoaldaleCoaldale (funding amount: $100,000)
Town of OkotoksOkotoks (funding amount: $100,000)
Town of Three HillsThree Hills (funding amount: $1,932)
Union Station Church – Rocky View County (funding amount: $18,382)
Universal Rehabilitation Service Agency – Calgary (funding amount: $31,267)
Urban Society for Aboriginal Youth (USAY) – Calgary (funding amount: $100,000)
Willow Ridge Community Association of CalgaryCalgary (funding amount: $31,266)

British Columbia 

Alderwood House School Southlands – Richmond (funding amount: $100,000)
Arts Umbrella – Vancouver (funding amount: $100,000)
Broadway Lodge – Vancouver (funding amount: $5,606)
City of KelownaKelowna (funding amount: $40,993)
City of Prince RupertPrince Rupert (funding amount: $100,000)
Community Impact Real Estate Society – Vancouver (funding amount: $26,982)
Connecting Dots Foundation – Langley (funding amount: $100,000)
Destination OsoyoosOsoyoos (funding amount: $3,616)
District of ClearwaterClearwater (funding amount: $98,525)
Elk Valley Family Society – Fernie (funding amount: $100,000)
Harrison Tourism Society – Harrison Hot Springs (funding amount: $100,000)
Kara-Kata Afrobeat Society of Canada – Mission (funding amount: $82,712)
Lancaster Mobility – Surrey (funding amount: $9,002)
Langley Meals on Wheels – Aldergrove (funding amount: $100,000)
Lookout Housing and Health Society – New Westminster (funding amount: $69,566)
Mayne Island Community Centre Society – Mayne Island (funding amount: $9,738)
Network Hearing Health Ltd. – Port Coquitlam (funding amount: $19,470)
PALS Autism Society – New Westminster (funding amount: $92,653)
Pender Islands Health Care Society – Pender Island (funding amount: $100,000)
Prophet River First NationProphet River (funding amount: $100,000)
Purcell International Preschool – Kimberley (funding amount: $89,042)
Science of Spiritually Meditation & Ecology Centre – Richmond (funding amount: $39,221)
Sooke Family Resource Society – Sooke (funding amount: $22,873)
Stewart Public Library Association – Stewart (funding amount: $98,707)
Sunshine Coast Community Services Society – Sechelt (funding amount: $100,000)
The John Howard Society of VictoriaVictoria (funding amount: $100,000)
Treehouse Therapy – Cumberland (funding amount: $84,613)
Witset First Nation – Smithers (funding amount: $99,430)

Manitoba 

African Canadian Foundation for Culture and Economic Development Inc. – Winnipeg (funding amount: $100,000)
Carman Dufferin Recreation (CDR) – Carman (funding amount: $60,076)
Community Futures Westman Inc. – Brandon (funding amount: $51,006)
Living Water Apostolic Fellowship Inc. – The Pas (funding amount: $22,410)
Morris Community Pool – Morris (funding amount: $100,000)
Municipality of Bifrost-Riverton – Arborg (funding amount: $38,578)
Municipality of SourisGlenwoodSouris (funding amount: $9,645)
Notre Dame Splash Park Committee – Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes (funding amount: $100,000)
Pierson Rec-Rejuv Inc. – Pierson (funding amount: $74,177)
Portage Regional Recreation Authority Inc. (PRRA) – Portage la Prairie (funding amount: $48,633)
The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) Solution Sanctuary Inc. – Winnipeg (funding amount: $100,000)
Sara RielWinnipeg (funding amount: $17,472)
St. Andrews Community Club (STACC) – St. Andrews (funding amount: $44,589)
The First UU Church of WinnipegWinnipeg (funding amount: $79,599)
Visions of Independence – Winnipeg (funding amount: $93,382)

New Brunswick

Canada Games Aquatic Centre – Saint John (funding amount: $81,602)
Les Oeuvres de l’Hôtel-Dieu Saint-Joseph Inc. – Saint-Basile (funding amount: $100,000)
Saint John Free Public Library – Saint John (funding amount: $74,633)

Newfoundland and Labrador

Echo Pond Environmental Education Centre – St. John’s (funding amount: $61,873)
Evangel Pentecostal Church – Gander (funding amount: $8,991)
Town of GillamsGillams (funding amount: $78,141)

Northwest Territories

Town of Norman WellsNorman Wells (funding amount: $50,000)

Nova Scotia

Breton Ability Centre – Sydney (funding amount: $68,152)
Cape Breton Exhibition – North Sydney (funding amount: $75,136)
Cape Breton UniversitySydney (funding amount: $100,000)
Chafe’s Flooring & Furniture – Port Hawkesbury (funding amount: $59,475)
Community Support Society of River JohnRiver John (funding amount: $83,292)
Ivor MacDonald Memorial Rink – Thorburn (funding amount: $46,828)
Lockeport Recreation Department – Lockeport (funding amount: $42,581)
Mill Road Social Enterprises – Iverness (funding amount: $53,357)
Neptune Theatre Foundation – Halifax (funding amount: $12,361)
Northumberland Fisheries Museum – Pictou (funding amount: $27,821)
Nova Scotia Community College Foundation – Halifax (funding amount: $100,000)
Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame – Halifax (funding amount: $100,000)
Plymouth Community Centre – Annapolis Royal (funding amount: $25,760)
Riverside Community Hall or Portapique Community Hall – Upper Economy (funding amount: $100,000)
Royal Canadian Legion 74 Dr C B Lumsden – Wolfville (funding amount: $100,000)
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 79 – New Ross (funding amount: $25,773)
S.S. Atlantic Heritage Park Society – Terence Bay (funding amount: $29,998)
Savoy Theatre – Glace Bay (funding amount: $84,960)
The Washbrook Greenway Coalition – Sydney (funding amount: $53,764)
Town of Annapolis RoyalAnnapolis Royal (funding amount $81,656)
Veith HouseHalifax (funding amount: $14,253)
Village of Chester – Chester (funding amount: $100,000)
Village of PugwashPugwash (funding amount: $100,000)

Nunavut

Pinnguaq Association – Iqaluit (funding amount: $100,000)

Ontario

10 Carden Shared Space (10C) – Guelph (funding amount: $100,000)
105 Gibson Centre – Markham (funding amount: $100,000)
African, Caribbean, Black Wellness Resource Centre Corporation – Ottawa (funding amount: $76,707)
Blue Mountain Community Church – Thornbury (funding amount: $23,133)
Bowmanville Older Adult Association – Bowmanville (funding amount: $3,322)
Canadian Association of the Deaf – Association des Sourds du CanadaOttawa (funding amount: $85,885)
Caribbean Centre – Windsor (funding amount: $83,663)
Centre[3] for Print and Media Arts – Hamilton (funding amount: $100,000)
Chabad on the Avenue – Toronto (funding amount: $87,433)
Christie Ossington Neighbourhood Centre – Toronto (funding amount: $33,472)
Circle of Care Sinai Health – Toronto (funding amount: $61,226)
City of BellevilleBelleville (funding amount: $100,000)
City of KenoraKenora (funding amount: $ 100,000)
City of MississaugaMississauga (funding amount: $66,728)
City of Niagara FallsNiagara Falls (funding amount: $63,372)
City of PembrokePembroke (funding amount: $26,682)
Roman Catholic Episcopal Corporation St. Ignatius the Martyr Parish – Ottawa (funding amount: $56,257)
City of St. ThomasSt. Thomas (funding amount: $100,000)
Congregation Beit Tikvah of OttawaNepean (funding amount: $42,879)
Corktown Co-operative Homes Inc. – Hamilton (funding amount: $100,000)
Corporation of the Town of Coburg – Coburg (funding amount: $100,000)
Corporation of the Town of HuntsvilleHuntsville (funding amount: $17,966)
Corporation of the Township of HowickGorrie (funding amount: $79,124)
Corporation of the Township of Madawaska Valley – Barry’s Bay (funding amount: $100,000)
Croatian Society Schumacher – Schumacher (funding amount: $100,000)
Crossing Community Church – Acton (funding amount: $100,000)
Dayspring Church of WindsorWindsor (funding amount: $82,765)
Divine Word Evangelical Lutheran Church – Nepean (funding amount: $7,684)
Drayton Pharmacy – Drayton (funding amount: $58,164)
Dunsford United Church – Dunsford (funding amount: $23,269)
Eganville and District Seniors – Eganville (funding amount: $100,000)
Elizabeth Fry Society of Northwestern OntarioThunder Bay (funding amount: $76,586)
ESS Support Services – York (Toronto) (funding amount: $33,358)
Family Services of Peel – Mississauga (funding amount: $45,100)
First Portuguese Canadian Cultural Centre of TorontoToronto (funding amount: $94,588)
Five Counties Children’s Centre – Peterborough (funding amount: $100,000)
Forest Hill United Church – Toronto (funding amount: $100,000)
Fowlers Corners & District Lions Club – Omemee (funding amount: $73,362)
Friends of Lubavitch London Ontario – London (funding amount: $75,393)
Future Church – Brampton (funding amount: $100,000)
Gateway Residential & Community Support Services of Niagara Inc. – Welland (funding amount: $16,697)
Gentle Shepherd Community Church-Grey County – Flesherton (funding amount: $12,259)
Goderich to Guelph Rail Trail Experience – Waterloo (funding amount: $100,000)
Goodwill Industries, Ontario Great Lakes – London (funding amount: $100,000)
Grace PlaceBrampton (funding amount: $11,803)
GRCA – Cambridge (funding amount: $83,068)
Hamilton Christian Fellowship – Hamilton (funding amount: $100,000)
Harmony in Action – Windsor (funding amount: $27,482)
Humane Society London & Middlesex – London (funding amount: $100,000)
IOOF Seniors Homes Inc. – Barrie (funding amount: $51,784)
Kensington Patty Palace – Scarborough (funding amount: $100,000)
Kingston Co-operative Homes, Inc. – Kingston (funding amount: $100,000)
Lavender Polo Farm – East Gwillimbury (funding amount: $100,000)
Living Water Counselling Centre – Richmond Hill (funding amount: $100,000)
London Track 3 Ski School – London (funding amount: $100,000)
Madaniyya Academy – Mississauga (funding amount: $93,631)
Martin Luther ChurchToronto (funding amount: $44,478)
Masjid Darul ImanMarkham (funding amount: $92,691)
Maximilian Kolbe Foundation – Mississauga (funding amount: $100,000)
MLP Residence – Picton (funding amount: $49,829)
Mouvement d’implication francophone d’Orléans (MIFO) – Ottawa (funding amount: $100,000)
Municipality of Bayham – Straffordville (funding amount: $49,606)
Municipality of BrocktonWalkerton (funding amount: $80,900)
Municipality of ClaringtonBowmanville (funding amount: $100,000)
Municipality of Machin – Vermilion Bay (funding amount: $100,000)
Municipality of South Huron – Exeter (funding amount: $29,611)
Newcastle United Church – Newcastle (funding amount: $22,775)
New Life Seventh-Day Adventist Church – Oshawa (funding amount: $61,909)
Optimum Health Center – Sudbury (funding amount: $100,000)
Ottawa-Carleton Association for Persons with Developmental Disabilities (OCAPDD) – Ottawa (funding amount: $40,066)
Paris Port Dover Pipe BandSt. George (funding amount: $13,516)
Pathways Employment Help Centre – London (funding amount: $83,878)
Peel Career Assessment Services Inc. – Mississauga (funding amount: $62,289)
Polka Dot Academy Montessori Daycare – Guelph (funding amount: $100,000)
Quantum Sports and Learning Association – Toronto (funding amount: $97,137)
R.P.L Properties (Bayfield) Limited – Bayfield (funding amount: $26,622)
Rapha Christian Centre – Windsor (funding amount: $100,000)
Reconnect Community Health Services – Toronto (funding amount: $79,418)
ReForest LondonLondon (funding amount: $100,000)
Region of Waterloo (Owner/Operator of Grand River Transit) – Kitchener (funding amount: $100,000)
Ripley-Huron Veterinary Clinic – Port Elgin (funding amount: $100,000)
Royal City Mission – Guelph (funding amount: $49,456)
Ryde Centennial Free Methodist Church – Gravenhurst (funding amount: $8,361)
SAAAC Autism Centre – Scarborough (funding amount: $100,000)
San Lorenzo Latin American Community Centre – Toronto (funding amount: $94,679)
Spectrum Gymnastics – Simcoe (funding amount: $15,383)
SSCC354 – Barrie (funding amount: $82,340)
St. Paul’s Anglican Church – Port Dover (funding amount: $94,128)
Sudbury United Pentecostal Church – Sudbury (funding amount: $71,307)
The Corporation of the City of WindsorWindsor (funding amount: $100,000)
The Corporation of the Township of South Stormont – Long Sault (funding amount: $68,000)
The Friends of Chippewa Park – Thunder Bay (funding amount: $20,921)
The Municipality of Arran-Elderslie – Chesley (funding amount: $70,348)
The Municipality of KillarneyKillarney (funding amount: $28,605)
The St. Leonard’s Society of HamiltonHamilton (funding amount: $18,939)
Tipi Moza (Iron Homes) – Kingston (funding amount: $26,330)
Torah Day School of OttawaOttawa (funding amount: $56,488)
Toronto and Region Conservation Authority – Toronto (funding amount: $64,136)
Town of EspanolaEspanola (funding amount: $12,337)
Town of EssexEssex (funding amount: $100,000)
Town of Halton HillsHalton Hills (funding amount: $64,463)
Town of NEMI – Little Current (funding amount: $82,056)
Township of Gauthier – Dobie (funding amount: $100,000)
Township of South Glengarry – Lancaster (funding amount: $81,169)
Township of Stone MillsCentreville (funding amount: $100,000)
Township of Tay – Victoria Harbour (funding amount: $32,692)
United College – Waterloo (funding amount: $77,082)
Vaughan Kids Daycare – Vaughan (funding amount: $73,976)
Villa Charities Inc. – Toronto (funding amount: $58,174)
Vishva Shakti Durga Mandir Association – Ottawa (funding amount: $54,921)
Vision of Hope Resource Centre – Brampton (funding amount: $45,152)
Wellington Pentecostal Church – Wellington (funding amount: $100,000)
Xolo Inc. – Toronto (funding amount: $47,224)

Prince Edward Island

Cape Bear Lighthouse & Marconi Station Incorporated – Cape Bear (funding amount: $31,889)
Stepping Stone Child CareCharlottetown (funding amount: $91,506)
TCAP Co-operative Ltd. – Montague (funding amount: $14,133)
Tremploy Inc. – Charlottetown (funding amount: $97,713)
West Royalty Fitness Centre Ltd. – Charlottetown (funding amount: $100,000)

Québec

Aux Bonheurs des Aînés Lanaudière – Crabtree (funding amount: $100,000)
Café du Centre – Repentigny (funding amount: $75,337)
Carrefour d’action bénévole du Haut Saint-Maurice – La Tuque (funding amount: $97,333)
Carrefour jeunesse-emploi MRC de Maskinongé – Louiseville (funding amount: $100,000)
Centre d’action bénévole de la Missisquoi Nord – Mansonville (funding amount: $42,420)
Centre des femmes de LongueuilLongueuil (funding amount: $100,000)
Club Jeunes de Coeur de Latulipe – Latulipe (funding amount: $100,000)
Comité social Centre-Sud Inc. – Montréal (funding amount: $100,000)
Coopérative d’habitation Le retour à l’école – Montréal (funding amount: $100,000)
Église Chrétienne de la Grâce – Montréal (funding amount: $100,000)
Eglise Évangélique Haïtienne de L’alliance Chrétienne et Missionnaire – Montréal (funding amount: $100,000)
Fondation les Petits Rois – Montréal (funding amount: $79,762)
Friendship Circle Québec – Montréal (funding amount: $100,000)
Jevi Centre de Prévention du Suicide-Estrie – Sherbrooke (funding amount: $100,000)
La Société Saint-Vincent de Paul – Montréal (funding amount: $100,000)
Le Centre des arts visuels / The Visual Arts Centre – Montréal (funding amount: $100,000)
Légion royale canadienne des Îles – Cap-aux-Meules (funding amount: $100,000)
Les Appartements Delphine, La Prionnière – Montréal (funding amount: $100,000)
Les Apprentis (centre d’apprentissage pour la déficience intellectuelle) – Gatineau (funding amount: $100,000)
Les Chevaliers de Colomb Conseil 1468 Joliette – Joliette (funding amount: $100,000)
Loisirs Duberger les Saules – Québec (funding amount: $48,176)
Municipalité de Béarn – Béarn (funding amount: $100,000)
Municipalité de la Paroisse de Saint-Damien-de-BucklandSaint-Damien-de-Buckland (funding amount: $100,000)
Municipalité de Sainte-Christine-d’Auvergne – Sainte-Christine-d’Auvergne (funding amount: $100,000)
Municipalité de Saint-MalachieSaint-Malachie (funding amount: $100,000)
Municipalité de StratfordStratford (funding amount: $100,000)
Municipalité de Val-BrillantVal-Brillant (funding amount: $57,009)
Municipalité Saint-CasimirSaint-Casimir (funding amount: $15,672)
Municipalité Saint-Paul-d’AbbotsfordSaint-Paul-d’Abbotsford (funding amount: $100,000)
Paradis Plein Air de l’Archipel Inc. – Fatima (funding amount: $100,000)
Projaide Inc. – Montréal (funding amount: $51,158)
Société Alzheimer du Bas-Saint-Laurent – Matane (funding amount: $100,000)
Ville de Trois-Rivières – Trois-Rivières (funding amount: $100,000)

Saskatchewan

Black Star Accounting Services – Regina (funding amount: $100,000)
McNab Regional Park – Watson (funding amount: $36,000)
Meadow Lake Curling Club – Meadow Lake (funding amount: $57,869)
OUTSaskatoon – Saskatoon (funding amount: $56,872)
Redvers & District Recreation Centre – Redvers (funding amount: $9,645)
Regina Beach Leisure Time Club – Regina Beach (funding amount: $19,402)
Rocanville Recreation Centre – Rocanville (funding amount: $38,870)
Rural Municipality of Milton no. 292 – Marengo (funding amount: $85,877)
The Village of Spy HillSpy Hill (funding amount: $100,000)
Town of NaicamNaicam (funding amount: $17,945)
Waterski and Wakeboard Saskatchewan – Saskatoon (funding amount: $38,789)
Watson & District Heritage Museum – Watson (funding amount: $80,000)

SOURCE Employment and Social Development Canada