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Federal government improves accessibility for Canadians with disabilities in New Glasgow

 Funding support to ensure greater participation in the community and an improved quality of life

July 20, 2015 – New Glasgow, Nova Scotia – Employment and Social Development Canada

The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, on behalf of the Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State for Social Development, today announced $50,000 in funding to improve accessibility at the Summer Street Industries Society.

Summer Street Industries Society will undertake renovations to construct barrier-free washroom facilities, providing accessibility to people with disabilities attending community events.

The funding is provided through the Enabling Accessibility Fund, which supports the inclusion and participation of Canadians with all abilities in every aspect of society.

Today’s announcement is one example of what the Government is doing to help Canadians. 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.

Quick Facts

  • Since the launch of the Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) in 2007, the Government of Canada has funded over 1,800 projects, helping thousands of Canadians gain better access to their communities’ facilities, programs and services.
  • In 2013, the Government of Canada extended the EAF on an ongoing basis at $15 million per year to improve accessibility in facilities across Canada, including workplaces.
  • In recent years, the Government of Canada has taken concrete action to support programs for people with disabilities:
    • The Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities has helped 40,000 people with disabilities across Canada to prepare for, obtain and maintain employment or self-employment.
    • As of March 2015, Canadians have registered over 100,000 Registered Disability Savings Plans and have benefitted from over $1 billion in bonds and grants deposited by the federal government.
    • The Government provides $222 million annually to the provinces and territories through Labour Market Agreements for Persons with Disabilities to help Canadians with disabilities develop skills to improve their job prospects.
    • Through Economic Action Plan 2014, the Government is providing $15 million over three years to the Canadian Association for Community Living to help connect people with developmental disabilities with jobs. It is also providing $11.4 million over four years to the Sinneave Family Foundation and Autism Speaks Canada to expand vocational training programs for people with autism spectrum disorders.
  • The Universal Child Care Benefit will increase from $100 to $160 per month (totalling up to $1,920 per year) for children under the age of 6, and parents will receive a new benefit of $60 per month (up to $720 per year) for each child aged 6 through 17.

 

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“Our Government is committed to ensuring that Canadians of all abilities have the chance to contribute to our communities and be included in all aspects of society. Through our investments in the Enabling Accessibility Fund, more than 1,800 projects across the country are improving accessibility so that all Canadians can participate in their communities and workplaces.”

– The Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State for Social Development

“Ensuring that all Nova Scotians can contribute more fully to their community is essential to our province’s economic growth, long-term prosperity and to our collective improved quality of life. People with varying abilities have the right to participate in all aspects of society and be valued for their engagement. Thanks to the efforts of organizations like the Summer Street Industries Society, we’re eliminating barriers and helping to bring workers, employers and communities together.”

– The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

“The only reason Summer Street exists is to create opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities. We are a people-centred organization and it is reflected in everything we do. This project is a good example of government and community working very well together. The new barrier-free washrooms are a most welcome addition to our facilities and would not have been possible without the support of the Enabling Accessibility Fund.”

– Bob Bennett, Executive Director, Summer Street Industries Society


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