March 14, 2019 Hampton, New Brunswick Employment and Social Development Canada
The lack of accessible equipment and play structures impacts the inclusion of people with disabilities in the fun recreational opportunities playgrounds provide communities. Currently, in the Town of Hampton there are five playgrounds, none of which are accessible. The Hampton Elementary School has been working to change this by improving the accessibility of their playground.
Today, Alaina Lockhart, Member of Parliament for Fundy Royal, on behalf of the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility, announced that the Hampton Elementary School has received financial support through the small projects component of the Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF).
The Hampton Elementary School is receiving $100,000 for their Accessible and Inclusive Playground project. The project will improve accessibility for Canadians with disabilities by allowing all children, staff, families, and community members to play on the playground regardless of ability. The new accessible Henderson playground structure will have several ground level play pieces, including accessible O’Tennabaum Spinner, a friendship circle, and accessible musical elements. The base for the play area will have wheelchair accessible engineered wood fibre base, bonded wood carpet pathways, and accessible ramps.
With programs such as the EAF, the Government of Canada is breaking down the barriers that prevent persons with disabilities from fully participating in all aspects of Canadian society, ensuring that everyone has equal access and equal opportunity.
Through the 2018 EAF Call for proposals for small projects, eligible organizations could apply for project funding for up to $100,000 per project under two funding streams: Community Accessibility and Workplace Accessibility.
The Workplace Accessibility stream gives eligible organizations across Canada funding for projects that improve accessibility and safety for persons with disabilities through renovations, retrofits or construction of workplaces, including the provision of accessible information and communication technologies for work use.
The Community Accessibility stream provides funding for projects that help improve accessibility and safety through renovations, retrofits or construction of community facilities and venues so that programs and services can be accessed by persons with disabilities. This includes the provision of information and communication technologies for community use that eliminate systemic accessibility barriers.
Providing support to help persons with disabilities access their communities and workplaces is a key part of the Government’s plan to create a more inclusive and accessible Canada. By tabling the proposed Accessible Canada Act in 2018, the Government is taking concrete steps towards the realization of a barrier-free Canada where all Canadians have the same rights and opportunities to contribute to society.
“Canada is at its best and all of society benefits when everyone is included. Investing in the Enabling Accessibility Fund is one of the ways our Government is ensuring persons with disabilities in Canada have opportunities to participate in society on an equal basis. Through this funding and through partnerships with organizations like the Hampton Elementary School, we are building a more inclusive and accessible Canada."The Honourable Carla QualtroughMinister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility
“The Hampton Elementary School’s Accessible Playground Project is a true grassroots project that will have a tremendous impact in Hampton by improving access and opportunities for full participation no matter ability. Congratulations to Hampton Elementary School, the Hampton Home and School Association, and all community members for your hard work to make this happen. By working together, we can make Canada a more inclusive place to live, work, and play."Alaina LockhartMember of Parliament for Fundy Royal
“Studies show that children are more likely to invite a child with a disability to join a play activity when the disability interferes minimally with his or her participation. An accessible playground increases the likelihood of inclusive play, which in turn generates an early appreciation of diversity and inclusion (Rich Hansen Foundation). At Hampton Elementary, students are no different. We are removing physical barriers to ensure all students are included in our school community."Sarah BlanchardPrincipal of the Hampton Elementary School
“We are thrilled to receive the support of the Federal Government for our accessible playground! Hampton Elementary School will be the first playground that will be fully accessible within the Town of Hampton. Having a playground where all students can play together will truly make our community better together for many years to come!”Andrea HughesChair of the Hampton Elementary Home and School Association
- Today’s announcement falls under the small projects component. Additional recipients of funding under this component, as well as recipients of funding under the other two components of this program, which are the mid-sized projects component and the youth innovation projects component, will be announced in coming months.
- Since 2015, the Government of Canada has supported over 2,000 accessibility projects through the Enabling Accessibility Fund. These projects have helped several thousand Canadians by improving their access to their communities’ programs, services and employment opportunities.
- Eligible organizations can submit funding applications through periodic calls for proposals.
- In 2018-19, EAF’s grants and contributions annual budget grew to $20.65 million as Budget 2017 provided an additional $77 million over ten years. These funds have expanded the activities of the program and support more small and mid-sized projects, including youth-driven project proposals, to improve accessibility in Canadian communities and workplaces.
- Enabling Accessibly Fund
- Making an accessible Canada for people with disabilities
- Hampton Elementary School Accessible Playground Project
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