Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

August 26, 2011 09:00 ET

Government of Canada Supports Accessibility for Canadians With Disabilities In Brockville

BROCKVILLE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 26, 2011) - Canadians with disabilities in Brockville and surrounding counties will benefit from a new accessible community and health care facility as a result of funding from the Government of Canada's Enabling Accessibility Fund.

Mr. Gordon Brown, Member of Parliament for Leeds–Grenville, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

"We are proud to partner with organizations such as Community and Primary Health Care and work towards the full inclusion of people with disabilities," said Mr. Brown. "Through the Enabling Accessibility Fund, the Government of Canada is improving access to facilities, activities and services to ensure that all Canadians can participate fully in society."

The Government of Canada is providing $3 million to Community and Primary Health Care to build its new Health and Wellness Centre of Excellence.

The centre will provide comprehensive health care and community support services to residents of Brockville and the counties of Lanark, Leeds and Grenville. The facility will be designed to meet the most current accessibility standards, including standards for ramps, elevators and other barrier-reduction mechanisms. The funding is being provided through the Mid-sized Project Component of the Enabling Accessibility Fund.

A call for proposals under the Fund's Small Project Component is currently open and will run until September 23, 2011. For more information, please visit

This news release is available in alternative formats on request.


The Enabling Accessibility Fund

The Enabling Accessibility Fund was originally announced in 2007 as a three-year, $45 million program to support community-based projects across Canada. In 2010, the Fund was extended with an additional three-year, $45 million commitment and a new component for mid-sized projects was created. This component allows communities to undertake larger retrofit projects or to foster partnerships for new facilities, such as the one announced today.

Since the first call for proposals in 2008, over 600 projects have been awarded funding to improve accessibility in Canadian communities.

Mid-sized Project Component

Under this component of the Fund, organizations can receive from $500,000 to $3 million for projects that create or enhance accessibility for people with disabilities. Such projects include retrofits, renovations or construction of new facilities within Canada that house services and programs focusing on the social or employment needs of people with disabilities. To be eligible for funding, all projects must involve community partnerships.

A call for proposals for mid-sized projects ran from October 28, 2010 to January 13, 2011.

Small Project Component: Call for proposals now open

A call for proposals under the Fund's Small Project Component is currently open and will run until September 23, 2011. Organizations can receive up to $50,000 per project.

Under this call for proposals, all proposed projects must create or enhance accessibility for people with disabilities within Canada and must involve community partnerships. At least 25 percent of the total eligible project costs must come from non-federal government sources.

The following types of organizations can apply for funding:

  • not-for-profit organizations
  • small municipalities (with populations under 250 000 according to the latest census data)
  • small private-sector organizations (with fewer than 50 employees and less than $5 million in gross revenue per year)
  • colleges and universities
  • territorial governments
  • Aboriginal governments

Eligible activities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • constructing an interior or exterior ramp
  • installing wider doors or automated door openers
  • building an accessible washroom
  • installing an elevator or lift
  • enhancing computer functionality, such as adding interactive speech capability to a public-access computer

For more information, please visit

Contact Information

  • Alyson Queen
    Press Secretary
    Office of Minister Finley

    Media Relations Office
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada