WINNIPEG, MB, July 7, 2015 /CNW/ – The Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State for Social Development, today announced investments in projects to improve access for Canadians with disabilities through the Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF).
Over 430 new EAF projects across Canada, representing a total investment of nearly $13 million, will receive funding to improve accessibility in community facilities. The 2015 EAF call for proposals was open March 16 to April 27, 2015. Under this call, organizations were eligible to receive up to $50,000 towards the cost of an accessibility project as long as 35 percent of the total eligible costs came from non-federal government sources. In keeping with the Government’s focus on helping families, priority was given to projects that enhance access for children with disabilities (e.g. outdoor playgrounds). Projects that increased access for Veterans with disabilities and seniors with disabilities were also included as priorities.
“The Enabling Accessibility Fund is an excellent program that builds on our Government’s family benefits by eliminating barriers and helping all Canadians to fully participate in and contribute to their communities. To help hard-working families, the Government is also enhancing the Universal Child Care Benefit, introducing the Family Tax Cut and making improvements to the Child Care Expenses Deduction and the Children’s Fitness Tax Credit.”
– The Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State for Social Development
Minister Bergen made the announcement at Actionmarguerite, a home for Francophone seniors requiring personal and long-term care services in south Winnipeg. Actionmarguerite has been approved to receive $35,000 in EAF funding for a project which will enhance access for seniors with disabilities by extending and improving the walkway and installing raised garden beds.
In addition, Minister Bergen reiterated the Government’s commitment to put money back in the pockets of hard‑working Canadian families. The commitment includes enhancing the Universal Child Care Benefit, which will increase to almost $2,000 per year for every child under the age of 6 and $720 for every child aged 6 through 17. The new benefit amounts are retroactive to January 1, 2015, and will be reflected in monthly payments to recipients beginning in July 2015.
Information on how to apply for EAF funding is available on Employment and Social Development Canada’s website at http://www.esdc.gc.ca/eng/disability/eaf/community.shtml.