Minister Qualtrough celebrates National AccessAbility Week by promoting social inclusion for people with disabilities

News Release

June 1, 2017                Gatineau, Quebec                Employment and Social Development Canada

Canadians with disabilities face challenges every day which prohibit them from participating fully in their communities and workplaces. The Government of Canada is committed to reducing these accessibility barriers and ensuring that everyone has equal access and opportunity.

Today, the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, celebrates National AccessAbility Week by announcing approval for nine Social Development Partnership Program–Disability Component (SDPP-D) projects across the country.

The SDPP-D funds projects that support disability organizations to bring innovative solutions to improve the participation and integration of people with disabilities in all aspects of Canadians society. Supporting innovation through these projects is one way the Government of Canada is helping to ensure our communities become more inclusive for all Canadians.

On September 22, 2016, the Government of Canada invited national, federally incorporated, not-for-profit organizations with a disability-focused mandate to apply for funding through the 2016 SDPP-D call for proposals which closed on November 3, 2016. Disability organizations have responded to the call and a total of $4.5 M over two years will be awarded to develop innovative practices and tools that promote the social inclusion of people with disabilities.

Quotes

“Society benefits when we foster partnerships and networks to address existing barriers. That is why we are supporting these innovative projects intended to address the social needs of people with disabilities. Through projects like these, we are helping to identify real solutions to reach a truly accessible society.”
– The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities

Quick Facts

  • The Social Development Partnership Program helps improve the lives of children and families, people with disabilities and other vulnerable Canadians.

  • The SDPP has two funding components: Disability, and Children and Families.

  • Since the inception of the Disability Component of the Social Development Partnership Program in 1998, it has provided $11 million annually in grant and contribution program funding to organizations to support projects that improve the participation and integration of people with disabilities in all aspects of Canadian society with respect to social inclusion.

  • An analysis of data from the 2012 Canadian Survey on Disability found that approximately 2.1 million Canadians aged 15 years or older are at risk of facing barriers in the built environment and/or in relation to information and communications.

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Office of the Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities
819-934-1122 / TTY: 1-866-702-6967

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