Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

February 21, 2011 11:51 ET

Government of Canada Removes Barriers for People With Disabilities

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 21, 2011) - The Government of Canada is inviting not-for-profit organizations to apply for funding to improve the accessibility of conferences and key events for people with disabilities.

The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, announced today a new call for proposals for accommodation projects under the Social Development Partnerships Program — Disability component. Eligible expenses could include: sign language interpretation, real-time captioning, readers and scribes, support persons and interveners. 

"The Government of Canada is delivering on its commitment to help Canadians with disabilities and their families," said Minister Finley. "Successful projects resulting from this call will complement the government's work on improving accessibility and promote the participation of people with disabilities across Canada."

Eligible organizations can receive up to $20,000 for accommodation projects. Proposals submitted under this call must meet the program criteria of the Social Development Accommodation projects. Interested not-for-profit organizations have until March 21, 2011, to apply for funding. 

To learn more about the call for proposals and for information on the Government of Canada's programs for people with disabilities, visit


The Disability component of the Social Development Partnerships Program (SDPP) supports projects that are designed to improve the participation and integration of people with disabilities in all aspects of Canadian society. More specifically, the program supports a wide range of community-based initiatives that provide effective approaches in addressing social issues and barriers that face people with disabilities.

Under this call for proposals, organizations eligible to apply for funding must be Canadian, not-for-profit (including registered charities and social enterprises) that are actively pursuing activities in line with the SDPP's objectives and that are holding an event between June 1, 2011 and March 31, 2012.

The objectives of the Program are to:

  • support the development and utilization of effective approaches to address social issues and challenges;
  • develop, exchange and apply knowledge, tools and resources that address social needs of individuals, families and communities; 
  • foster partnerships and networks to address existing and emerging social issues;
  • recognize and support the ability of not-for-profit organizations to identify and address social development priorities; and
  • recognize and promote community engagement initiatives (e.g. volunteerism, corporate social responsibility, innovation by not-for-profit organizations, partnerships, coalitions) that mobilize community assets and develop capacities and resources for action.

This news release is available in alternative formats on request.

Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Finley
    Michelle Bakos
    Press Secretary
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office