March 15, 2019 Riverside-Albert, New Brunswick Employment and Social Development Canada
Community Centres are the heart of rural communities. They are the venue of choice for many events, programs, and social opportunities. However, the accessibility of a community hub, like the Riverside-Albert Recreation Centre, can create inclusion challenges for Canadians with disabilities to fully participate.
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 Village of Riverside-Albert has received financial support through the small projects component of the Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF).
The Village of Riverside-Albert is receiving $98,150 to make accessibility upgrades to the Recreation Centre. The Recreation Centre is used for many community events and programs. The project will improve accessibility for residents in the area by making important upgrades, including the construction of access ramps, installing automated door openers, a lift, an accessible washroom, and widening the entrance door. These upgrades will improve the inclusion of residents with disabilities in social, recreational, and volunteer opportunities for generations to come.
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 communities like Riverside-Albert, we are building a more inclusive and accessible Canada."The Honourable Carla QualtroughMinister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility
“The Recreation Centre in the Village of Riverside-Albert is a social hub for the community. Today’s announcement will ensure that all community members, no matter ability, will be able to fully participate in the social gatherings, programs, and opportunities at the Recreation Centre. Congratulations to the Village of Riverside-Albert for recognizing the need to ensuring our community infrastructure is inclusive for all residents.”Alaina LockhartMember of Parliament for Fundy Royal
“We are very excited to receive the Enabling Accessibility Funding which will allow our village to renovate the Recreation Centre. Renovations will allow all people, regardless of their ability, to access both levels of the centre without restrictions. This is a much needed addition to our centre for the benefit of our residents.”Jim CampbellMayor of Riverside-Albert
- 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
- Village of Riverside-Albert
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