Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

November 18, 2011 13:30 ET

Government of Canada Supports Accessibility for all Canadians

DELHI, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 18, 2011) - The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and Regional Minister for Southwestern Ontario, today celebrated 18 projects throughout Southwestern Ontario that improve accessibility so that Canadians with disabilities can participate more fully in their communities.

"Our government recognizes the abilities of all Canadians and celebrates the progress we have made as a society towards the full inclusion of people with disabilities," said Minister Finley. "Through the Enabling Accessibility Fund, we are helping Canadians participate fully in their communities by improving access to facilities, activities and services."

The Government of Canada has contributed over $830,000 to the 18 projects being celebrated today. The announcement took place at the Delhi German Home, which received funding to install three automatic door openers and a wheelchair lift and to make their washrooms accessible.

For more information on the Enabling Accessibility Fund, visit www.hrsdc.gc.ca/disability.

This news release is available in alternative formats on request.

BACKGROUNDER

Enabling Accessibility Fund

Budget 2007 announced the creation of the Enabling Accessibility Fund, with funding of $45 million over three years to assist communities with projects that improve accessibility for people with varying abilities. Budget 2010 built on the success of this program by extending it and providing an additional $45 million over the following three years to remove barriers for Canadians with disabilities.

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

The following projects in Southwestern Ontario received a total funding of $838,861 through the Enabling Accessibility Fund's 2010 Call for Proposals (Small Project Component):

  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters of St. Thomas−Elgin

  • Canadian Mental Health Association Elgin Branch

  • City of Woodstock

  • County of Perth

  • Delhi German Home

  • Elgin Business Resource Centre

  • Innerkip Presbyterian Church

  • Paisley Pastoral Charge United Church

  • SARI Therapeutic Riding

  • St. Thomas Public Library Board

  • Tillsonburg Community Services Initiatives

  • Town of Plympton−Wyoming

  • Township of Perth South

  • Township of Warwick

  • Windsor-Essex Therapeutic Riding Association

  • Woodstock and District Developmental Services

  • Wyoming Lions Club

  • YMCA Sarnia-Lambton

For more information, please visit www.hrsdc.gc.ca/disability.

Contact Information

  • Alyson Queen
    Press Secretary
    Office of Minister Finley
    819-994-2482

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