Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

June 23, 2012 15:00 ET

Government of Canada and Norfolk County Celebrate Improved Accessibility

SIMCOE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 23, 2012) - As a result of the Government of Canada's Enabling Accessibility Fund, Norfolk County is increasing accessibility for people with disabilities and enabling them to participate fully in their community. The Honourable Diane Finley, Member of Parliament for Haldimand-Norfolk and Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, made the announcement today.

"Our government recognizes the abilities of all Canadians and is committed to removing barriers so that people with disabilities are able to fully participate in society and contribute to their communities," said Minister Finley. "We are proud to work with Norfolk County, which is helping Canadians gain greater access to facilities, programs and services here in Simcoe."

Norfolk County received $4,660 to install an accessible pool lift to help people with disabilities access the pool at the Simcoe Recreation Centre. Through the Enabling Accessibility Fund, the Government has supported over 800 projects across the country, including 192 new projects totalling $6.4 million that were recently approved.

To learn more about the Fund, visit www.hrsdc.gc.ca/disability.

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BACKGROUNDER

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 the creation of a new mid-sized component.

The Government's top priority is job creation and economic growth, and an additional benefit of the Enabling Accessibility Fund is that it creates jobs in construction and renovation, many of which are in smaller communities. Since the first call for proposals in 2008, over 800 projects have been awarded funding to improve accessibility in Canadian communities.

As part of the Government's continued commitment to supporting Canadians with disabilities, Canada's Economic Action Plan 2012 also provided an additional $30 million invested over three years in the Opportunities Fund. This funding will enable more Canadians with disabilities to obtain work experience with small and medium-sized businesses. As well, through the Registered Disability Savings Plan, beneficiaries and their families will have increased flexibility to establish, contribute to and access savings from their plans.

Contact Information

  • Marian Ngo
    Office of Minister Finley
    819-994-2482

    Media Relations Office
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    819-994-5559