Today Michael McLeod, Member of Parliament for Northwest Territories, on behalf of the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility, announced that four organizations in the Northwest Territories have received over $180,000 in financial support through the Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) to improve accessibility infrastructure for Canadians with disabilities. The announcement was made at the Calvary Community Church, which received $50,000 to make their facility more accessible with the installation of a ramp and automated door openers.
The three other recipients of EAF funding announced today are: the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Center, which received $50,000 towards installing automated accessible doors; the Hay River Metis Government Council, which received $50,000 for the installation of a wheelchair accessible sidewalk, door, and vestibule; and Our Lady of Victory Parish, which received $31,542 for the construction of a wheelchair ramp.
Canadians with disabilities face challenges every day that prevent them from participating fully in all aspects of our society. Through programs such as the EAF, the Government of Canada is committed to reducing these barriers and ensuring that everyone has equal access and equal opportunity.
Participating in the announcement were Calvary Community Church Pastor Randy Loewen and the Honourable Glen Abernethy, Minister responsible for Persons with Disabilities in the Northwest Territories, who attended on behalf of Minister of Education, Culture and Employment the Honourable Caroline Cochrane.
“Canada is at its best and all of society benefits when everyone is included. The Enabling Accessibility Fund is one of the measures that exist to ensure persons with disabilities have opportunities to participate on an equal basis. Through this funding and partnerships with organizations like Calvary Community Church, we are working to build a more inclusive and accessible Canada.”
– The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility
“Today’s announcement is another example of what the Government of Canada is doing to help Canadians of all abilities to fully participate in and contribute to their workplaces and communities. I want to thank all participating organizations in the Northwest Territories for applying for funding that will help to make our communities and workplaces more inclusive for all Northerners.”
– Michael McLeod, Member of Parliament for Northwest Territories
“We are committed to ensuring effective supports are in place for persons with disabilities to improve equity, accessibility, inclusion, and participation. Through our partnership with the Government of Canada, the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre will soon provide people with disabilities barrier-free access with automatic doors for all its exhibits. This increased accessibility will have a positive impact on the museum’s relationship with the local public, tourists, seniors, staff, and other key stakeholders and their ability to move independently throughout the building.”
– Caroline Cochrane, Minister of Education, Culture and Employment
“Calvary Community Church is grateful to receive funds to improve accessibility of our building. The installation of wheelchair ramps and automated doors will benefit our congregation and the many community groups that use our facility.”
— Vicky Johnston, Council of Calvary Community Church Member
“Hay River Metis Government Council was granted $50,000.00 from the Federal Government’s EAF and with this grant HRMGC was able to build wheelchair accessible sidewalks, install doors and construct a vestibule, making it easier for people with disabilities to access the programs and services offered by HRMGC. Through this fund barriers have been removed allowing members and visitors to access the building and be involved in programs and as a result be able to socialize with others. Now that they can access the building with little or no help it will bring their dignity back as well. It is definitely a huge win for the community. Thank you!”
– Louise Lafferty, Manager, Finance & Administration at Hay River Metis Government Council
Since the creation of the Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) in 2007, the Government of Canada has funded over 3,000 projects, helping thousands of Canadians gain access to their communities’ programs, services and workplaces.
The EAF has an annual (grants and contributions (Gs and Cs)) base budget of $13.65 million.
Budget 2016 provided an additional $4 million over two years, starting in 2016–17, for the EAF’s community stream to support the capital costs of construction and renovation related to improving physical accessibility and safety for Canadians with disabilities. This has increased EAF’s Gs and Cs budget to $15.65M in 2016-17 and 2017-18.
Starting in 2018-19, EAF’s Gs and Cs budget will grow to $20.65M as Budget 2017 provided $77 million ($70M in Gs and Cs and $7M in operational funding) over ten 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.