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New Call for Proposals for the Enabling Accessibility Fund for Small Businesses

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New Call for Proposals for the Enabling Accessibility Fund for Small Businesses

Employment and Social Development Canada

 
Bruce Stanton, Member of Parliament for Simcoe North, on behalf of the Honourable Candice Bergen, today encouraged small businesses to start submitting projects for funding through the Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) call for proposals, which is officially underway. Eligible small businesses in all provinces and territories have the opportunity to submit proposals until October 1, 2014 to receive grants of up to $50,000 for initiatives that will increase accessibility for Canadians with disabilities in workplaces across the country.
 
Projects must address the objectives of removing barriers, improving accessibility and enabling Canadians with disabilities to participate in, and contribute to their local economies. They must support employment opportunities for people with disabilities through construction and renovation activities that will improve accessibility in the workplace.
 
Application information is available on Employment and Social Development Canada’s website at www.esdc.gc.ca/eng/disability/eaf/workplace.shtml
 
Quick Facts
 
  • Since its creation in 2007, our government has funded over 1,400 projects through the EAF, helping thousands of Canadians gain better access to their communities’ facilities, programs and services.
 
  • Economic Action Plan 2013 extended the Enabling Accessibility Fund on an ongoing basis at $15 million per year to improve accessibility in facilities across Canada, including workplaces. Our government also supported the creation of a Canadian Employers Disability Forum, expanded the Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities, created a new generation of Labour Market Agreements for Persons with Disabilities, and expanded the Ready, Willing & Able Initiative.
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Our government has taken unprecedented action to support Canadians with disabilities. As part of our focus on creating jobs and opportunities, we invite small businesses to begin submitting proposals to eliminate barriers and improve accessibility for people with disabilities. Our goal is to ensure all Canadians can participate in, and contribute their many skills to our workforce.”
–The Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State (Social Development)
 
“As part of our focus on creating jobs and opportunities, I invite small businesses to begin submitting proposals to eliminate barriers and improve accessibility for people with disabilities.”
 
– Bruce Stanton, Member of Parliament for Simcoe North
 
 
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