Backgrounder: The Disability Component of the Social Development Partnership Program (SDPP-D)


The Disability Component of the Social Development Partnership Program (SDPP-D) supports projects intended to improve the participation and integration of people with disabilities in all aspects of Canadian society. More specifically, the Program supports not-for-profit organizations across Canada in tackling barriers faced by people with disabilities with respect to social inclusion.

The objectives of the SDPP-D are to:

  • support the development and utilization of effective approaches to address social issues and challenges;
  • develop, exchange and apply knowledge, tools and resources that address the social needs of individuals, families and communities;
  • foster partnerships and networks to address existing and emerging social issues;
  • recognize and support the ability of not-for-profit organizations to identify and address social development priorities; and
  • recognize and promote community engagement initiatives (e.g. volunteerism, corporate social responsibility, innovation by not-for-profit organizations, partnerships, coalitions).

Projects funded under the 2016 call for proposals will fall under a theme of innovation. Funded products would develop, test and identify promising practices and tools that promote the social inclusion of people with disabilities. Projects could include, but are not limited to:

  • developing new partnerships to share, transfer and disseminate knowledge;
  • bringing together multiple stakeholders working towards a shared goal to improve existing or create new service delivery models for people with disabilities; or
  • developing technological applications and systems that meet the needs of people with disabilities, such as web-based and/or social media innovations aimed at improving access to information, communication, and other services (including electronic services) for people with disabilities.

Nine projects will receive funding. The recipients are:

  • The Neil Squire Society
  • Iris the Dragon
  • Meticulon Consulting
  • Spinal Cord Injury Canada
  • Canadian Association for Community Living
  • Kids Brain Health Network
  • Communication Disabilities Access Canada
  • Canadian Cultural Society of the Deaf
  • The Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work

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