Government of Canada improves accessibility for residents of Clarence-Rockland

May 23rd, 2019 Ottawa, Ontario Employment and Social Development Canada

Today, Francis Drouin, Member of Parliament for Glengarry-Prescott-Russell, on behalf of the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility, announced that the City of Clarence-Rockland will receive $85,817 in financial support through the small projects component of the Enabling Accessibility Fund.

The support granted will allow the implementation of accessible play structures at Alphonse Carrière Park in Hammond in the City Clarence-Rockland.
With programs such as the EAF, the Government of Canada is breaking down the barriers that prevent persons with disabilities from fully participating in all aspects of Canadian society, ensuring that everyone has equal access and equal opportunity.

Through the 2018 EAF Call for proposals for small projects, eligible organizations could apply for project funding for up to $100,000 per project under two funding streams: Community Accessibility and Workplace Accessibility.

The Workplace Accessibility stream gives eligible organizations across Canada funding for projects that improve accessibility and safety for persons with disabilities through renovations, retrofits or construction of workplaces, including the provision of accessible information and communication technologies for work use.

The Community Accessibility stream provides funding for projects that help improve accessibility and safety through renovations, retrofits or construction of community facilities and venues so that programs and services can be accessed by persons with disabilities. This includes the provision of information and communication technologies for community use that eliminate systemic accessibility barriers.

Providing support to help persons with disabilities access their communities and workplaces is a key part of the Government’s plan to create a more inclusive and accessible Canada. By tabling the proposed Accessible Canada Act in 2018, the Government is taking concrete steps towards the realization of a barrier-free Canada where all Canadians have the same rights and opportunities to contribute to society.

“Canada is at its best and all of society benefits when everyone is included. Investing in the Enabling Accessibility Fund is one of the ways our Government is ensuring persons with disabilities in Canada have opportunities to participate in society on an equal basis. Through this funding and through partnerships with organizations like the Township of Champlain, we are building 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 our Government is doing to help Canadians with disabilities gain access and contribute to their communities. These funds will help make Alphonse Carrière Park accessible to all children of Clarence-Rockland. I would like to congratulate the city and the community on this project, I look forward to visiting the park once completed.”
– Francis Drouin, Member of Parliament for Glengarry-Prescott-Russell

“The quality of life of the residents of the City of Clarence-Rockland is one of our priorities. The Hammond Barrier Free Park will offer all of our residents the possibility to meet and socialize in a space that is completely accessible, a first for our municipality. Accessibility is important to us and will be part of our infrastructure replacement plans, present and future. I would like to thank the Government of Canada for giving us the tools to
offer our population infrastructures adapted to its needs.”
– Guy Desjardins, Mayor of the City of Clarence-Rockland

Quick Facts
• Today’s announcement falls under the small projects component. Additional recipients of funding under this
component, as well as recipients of funding under the other two components of this program, which are the
mid-sized projects component and the youth innovation projects component, will be announced in coming

• Since 2015, the Government of Canada has supported over 2,000 accessibility projects through the Enabling
Accessibility Fund. These projects have helped several thousand Canadians by improving their access to
their communities’ programs, services and employment opportunities.

• Eligible organizations can submit funding applications through periodic calls for proposals.
• In 2018-19, EAF’s grants and contributions annual budget grew to $20.65 million as Budget 2017 provided an
additional $77 million over ten years. These funds have expanded the activities of the program and support
more small and mid-sized projects, including youth-driven project proposals, to improve accessibility in
Canadian communities and workplaces.

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Martin Roy
Office of Francis Drouin, MP
T: 613-992-0490

Enabling Accessibility Fund
The Enabling Accessibility Fund supports the capital costs of construction and renovations related to improving
physical accessibility and safety for persons with disabilities in Canadian communities and workplaces. Eligible
recipients can apply for funding through periodic funding processes, under three program components:

The different components are described as follows:
• The small projects component supports small-scale construction, renovation or retrofit projects that have
a quick impact to increase accessibility in communities or workplaces through grants with a maximum
value up to $100,000 depending on the parameters that are further defined under each funding process.
Examples of types of projects are: installing screen reader devices and hearing induction loop systems,
building accessible pathways and ramps, creating a controlled multisensory environment (Snoezelen
room), and constructing a universally designed office.

• The mid-sized projects component provides contributions to support larger retrofit, renovation or
construction projects of facilities or venues that house programs and services geared towards addressing
the social and/or labour market integration needs of persons with disabilities in a holistic manner. For the
2018–19 funding process, organizations could apply to receive funding between $350,000 and
$1,000,000. Eligible projects may include the creation or expansion of existing centres or hubs which offer
centralized programming and services for persons with disabilities in their communities.

• The youth innovation component, introduced as a pilot in 2017 and as a program component in 2018,
empowers youth to identify accessibility barriers within their communities and work with local
organizations to develop solutions to increase accessibility and safety in community spaces and
workplaces. Funding of up to $10,000 is available to support capital costs of eligible projects, which may
include initiatives like installing automatic door openers, constructing raised garden beds in a community
garden, or acquiring specialized wheelchairs to access sandy beaches.
Recipients of funding under the mid-sized projects component and the youth innovation projects
component will be announced in coming months.