Maguire Announces Call for Proposals for Local Community Groups to Improve Accessibility

Ottawa, ON - Larry Maguire, Member of Parliament for Brandon-Souris is encouraging local community groups and small businesses in Westman to submit proposals through the 2015 Enabling Accessibility Fund for projects that will help improve accessibility in community facilities for people with disabilities. Projects such as renovating community facilities where programs and/or services are offered to people with disabilities, retrofitting motor vehicles used as community-based transportation and providing information and communications technologies to make them more accessible for the community are eligible for funding.

"Many buildings and facilities have been upgraded in Westman through the Enabling Accessibility Fund and it is important that we continue to improve the quality of life of all local residents," said Maguire. "I strongly encourage community groups to consider submitting their proposals to ensure that people of all abilities have opportunities to contribute to our region."

It is important to note that municipalities are also eligible to apply in support of the first priority (access for children with disabilities) since a large number of recreational facilities are under their management. As such, all municipalities, regardless of size, have been included as eligible recipients under this priority only and are strongly encouraged to apply.

Examples of eligible accessibility project activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Add and/or retrofit recreational structures to ensure they are accessible to children with disabilities and build an accessible path which provides access to people with disabilities from the entrance of a public park that includes recreational spaces for children;
  • Installation of a lift in an organization where services are provided to veterans with disabilities, to provide access to the floor where the services are offered;
  • In a senior organization that offers art classes dedicated to seniors with disabilities, retrofit washrooms to ensure they are accessible to seniors with disabilities;
  • Installation of an access ramp and automated power door openers to enable the access of veterans with disabilities to the common living room of a residence for veterans;
  • Renovations to widen hallways and doorways in common areas that are too narrow for a person using a wheelchair, electric scooter or walker in a public facility

Over $11 million in funding is available through this year's call for proposals. All applications are reviewed against eligibility criteria, call for proposal requirements, and program objectives. The deadline for submitting proposals is Monday, April 27, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

For Enabling Accessibility application information, please visit http://www.esdc.gc.ca/eng/disability/eaf/


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