National AccessAbility Week is celebrated from May 27 to June 2, 2018 to promote accessibility and inclusion in Canadian communities and workplaces. National AccessAbility Week celebrates those who promote inclusion and accessibility year-round in our communities and workplaces across Canada. We are reminded that, while we’ve made great strides in promoting inclusion for Canadians with disabilities, there is still much work to do. We all play a role in making Canada more accessible and an inclusive Canada is one where all Canadians can participate and have an equal opportunity to succeed in their workplaces and communities. Canada is at its best when we celebrate inclusivity. When people with disabilities are given the opportunity to fully contribute and participate in their communities and workplaces, we create a stronger Canada for everyone.
This National Accessibility Week, I made a visit to the acknowledge Agincourt Church of God. They received $14,000 through the Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) to fund a chairlift for their accessibility project. This has improved accessibility and inclusion for all who attend the Church of all abilities.
The EAF provides funding for eligible capital projects that increase accessibility for people with disabilities in Canadian communities and workplaces, creating more opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in community activities, programs and services, or access employment opportunities. Eligible applicants in all provinces and territories can submit proposals until July 26, 2018.
- Since the creation of the Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) in 2007, the Government of Canada has funded over 3,500 EAF projects, helping several thousand Canadians gain access to their communities’ programs, services and employment opportunities.
- Starting in 2018–19, the EAF grants and contributions budget will grow from $13.65 million to $20.65 million, as Budget 2017 provided $77 million ($70 million in grant and contribution annual funding and $7 million in operational funding) over 10 years to expand the activities of the EAF and support more small and mid-sized projects, including youth driven proposals, aimed at improving accessibility in Canadian communities and workplaces.
- Under the 2017 small projects component, 600 EAF projects were approved for funding, for a total of $15.5 million.