March 14, 2019 Salisbury, New Brunswick Employment and Social Development Canada
Regardless of ability, all Canadians should have access to leisure opportunities in their communities. However, the design of a facility or equipment can limit the available opportunities for Canadians with disabilities. The Salisbury Public Library and the Village of Salisbury have recognized the impact of creating accessible spaces in the community, and are working to improve the inclusivity.
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 two projects through the small projects component of the Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF).
The Salisbury Public Library is receiving $16,120 for their project that will allow renovations for two accessible washrooms. As well, the Village of Salisbury’s Parks and Leisure Department received $8,253 to install an inclusive swing as part of their upgrades to Highland Park. These two projects are improving the accessibility of community infrastructure to open opportunities for all members of the community, regardless of ability, to participate fully in community events, programs, and experiences.
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 Salisbury Public Library and the Village of Salisbury, we are building a more inclusive and accessible Canada.”The Honourable Carla QualtroughMinister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility
“Our Government is committed to helping Canadians with disabilities gain access and have full participation in their communities. This funding will open up the Salisbury Public Library and Highland Park for many in the Village and surrounding community. I want to thank the Salisbury Public Library and the Village of Salisbury for their dedication to making our public spaces more inclusive for all Canadians.”Alaina LockhartMember of Parliament for Fundy Royal
“On behalf of the Village of Salisbury, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the Government of Canada for its commitment to our community through the Enabling Accessibility Fund. By investing in a wheelchair-accessible washroom for our library and the inclusive swing set at Highland Park, these community-gathering places become more inclusive for everyone, which is so important. I would like to add a special thanks to our MP, Alaina Lockhart, for all the hard work she has done for the residents of Salisbury.”Terry KeatingMayor of the Village of Salisbury
“We were extremely excited to receive funding from the Enabling Accessibility Fund for our Inclusive Swing Set Project and proud that the Village of Salisbury offers a play area allowing children of all abilities a chance to have fun at our beautiful Highland Park. Our inclusive swing is situated next to another swing seat as well so children are not isolated as this is very important to us. The swing is often used by members of our community, local schools and daycares and everyone is very appreciative.”Holly McNeilDirector of the Parks and Leisure Department
“The Salisbury Public Library board is thrilled to receive the Enabling Accessibility grant to renovate the library’s public washrooms. The availability of accessible and inclusive washroom facilities will ensure that all visitors will be able to use the library with comfort and autonomy. We plan to install an automated door opener, accessible toilet, grab bars, new fixtures, and better lighting. We will finally have room for a change table, which parents have been requesting for many years.”Cathy MacDonaldManager of the Salisbury Public Library
- 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 Salisbury
- Salisbury Public Library
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