Apply for funding under Accessibility Standards Canada Grants and Contributions program: Advancing Accessibility Standards Research

From: Accessibility Standards Canada

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Application period

You can apply between January 8, 2020 and February 28, 2020 at 3:00 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Accessibility Standards Canada, formerly known as the Canadian Accessibility Standards Development Organization (CASDO), will make funding decisions as early as summer 2020.

Description of the funding

Accessibility Standards Canada Grants and Contributions Program supports research projects that try to find, take away and stop obstacles to accessibility. This research will help to inform the accessibility standards in the future.

Accessibility Standards Canada will work with different people and organizations across Canada to move forward accessibility standards research. The 2020 to 2021 priority areas are:

  1. employment
  2. emergency measures
  3. built environment including parks and outdoor recreation facilities
  4. information and communication technologies
  5. Indigenous accessibility
  6. accessible communications

Projects can run from 6 months to 36 months. Your project must end by March 31, 2023.

Note: When you apply, Accessibility Standards Canada will review your application and decide if you will receive funding.


This funding process will fund research projects that try to:


Applicants must:

If your application is incomplete, Accessibility Standards Canada will not review it.

To receive funding, your organization must be a:

In addition, you must meet these eligibility criteria:

Note for organizations in Québec

The Quebec National Assembly adopted the Act respecting the Ministère du Conseil exécutif, (RLRQ, chapter M-30). This Act says that the Quebec government must authorize the Quebec public bodies to sign an agreement with a Government of Canada department. Anybody that is subject to the Act have to get the authorization they need before signing an agreement. If your proposed project is successful, Accessibility Standards Canada will give you a reasonable amount of time to get authorization from the Government of Quebec. If you can’t get the authorization you need in a reasonable amount of time, Accessibility Standards Canada can cancel your application.

How we assess your application

If we decide that your application is eligible, we will assess it using the following criteria.

Project goals (refer to Question 43)

Your application describes how your project will help you achieve the following 3 goals:

Your application also clearly:

Project activities, timelines and feasibility (refer to Questions 37, 44  and 50

Your application clearly:

Project results and effects (refer to Question 45

Your application describes:

Results measurement indicators (refer to Question 46

Your application:

Project budget (refer to Section B, Part 3)

Accessibility Standards Canada may give priority to projects that:

Steps to apply

Read the whole Applicant Guide before filling out your application.

Application period

You have to apply by February 28, 2020 at 3:00 pm EST.

If you need help or accommodations please send us an email before February 14, 2020 at 9:00 am EST.

Get your supporting documents and information

Read the Applicant guide and make sure you have all the required documents when you apply. If your application is incomplete, Accessibility Standards Canada can reject it.

Documents to send:

Apply by email

  1. Read the Applicant guide to complete your application form. This guide tells you what information you have to write on the application form
  2. Complete the Application for funding and the Budget detail template online or by hand
  3. Print, sign the appropriate section, scan and email us the documents (including the proof of partnership). If you can’t scan the documents, you can send them by postal mail to the address below. In your email, tell us if you are sending other documents by mail

Apply by postal mail

  1. Read the Applicant guide to complete your application form. The guide tells you exactly what information you have to write on the application form
  2. Complete the Application for funding and the Budget detail template online or by hand
  3. Print, sign and mail the documents (including the proof of partnership) to the address below

Mailing address

Accessibility Standards Canada Grants and Contributions Program submissions
c/o Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)
Coordination unit, mailstop: 402
National Grants and Contributions Delivery Centre
140 Promenade du Portage Phase IV Floor 4
Gatineau QC  K1A 0J9

After you have applied

We will let you know when we have received your Application for funding:

Contact us

If you have questions, email us. We will answer any questions sent before February 28, 2020 at 12:00 pm EST.


Accessible communications:
Information that is clear, direct and easy to understand. The information considers the different barriers to accessing information, and makes it possible to reduce negative experiences and give feedback.
Accessibility Standards:
Standards that will allow people with disabilities to fully participate in everyday life. These standards make a service, product, device or environment available to as many people as possible.
Any obstacle that stops a person with an impairment from fully and equally participating in society. The person may have a physical, mental, intellectual, cognitive, learning, communication or sensory impairment, or a functional limitation.
Built environment including parks and outdoor recreation facilities:
The physical areas in which people live, work and play. For example, workplaces, parks and recreation areas, and transportation systems.
Any impairment that stops a person from fully and equally participating in society.
Emergency measures:
The actions necessary (considering the needs of people with disabilities) to fix an unexpected or sudden situation that is serious and urgent.
A situation in which a person receives a salary or fee to do work for an employer.
Indigenous accessibility:
The design of products, devices, services or environments for Indigenous people with disabilities.
Information and communication technologies:
All technical tools used to deal with information and help with communication.
National disability organization:
An organization that has a national mandate to help people with disabilities participate in society. The organization offers activities in 4 or more provinces and/or territories. It does this through partnerships with other organizations or through its provincial or territorial offices.
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