Enabling Accessibility Fund

Do you know of a building that is difficult to access for seniors or those with disabilities?

If so, you are encouraged to submit a proposal for the Enabling Accessibility Fund for projects that will help improve accessibility. This fund was created in 2007, under the previous Conservative government, by Jim Flaherty. 

This fund supports community-based projects that improves accessibility, remove barriers and enable Canadians with disabilities to participate in and contribute to their communities.

The community stream of the programs includes all places accessible to the public, including places of worship, community playgrounds, and community associations that provide events and programs for the public such as seniors centers, NGOs and other service organizations.

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

  • building an interior or exterior ramp;
  • installing wider doors or installing automated door openers;
  • raising or lowering sinks and/or counters;
  • improving lighting and increasing colour contrast;
  • building an accessible washroom;
  • installing accessible door handles and light switches;
  • installing an elevator or lift;
  • providing computer enhancements such as voice interactive capability;
  • installing a wheelchair lift in a community-based vehicle; and
  • 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.

Eligible recipients for this program are:

  • not-for-profit organizations
  • small businesses (maximum of 99 full-time equivalent employees)
  • small municipalities (population under 125,000 as per census data)

For more information and to apply, please visit: https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/funding/enabling-accessibility-fund.html

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