The Government of Canada launches renewed program to support the social inclusion of Canadians with disabilities

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December 15, 2017          Gatineau, Quebec                         Employment and Social Development Canada

The Government of Canada is working to ensure greater accessibility and opportunities for Canadians with disabilities in their communities and workplaces. The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, today launched a call for expressions of interest under the renewed 2017 Social Development Partnership Program – Disability (SDPP-D). The call is open to not-for-profit organizations with a national reach and whose primary mandate is on the inclusion of people with disabilities.

This is the first step in a two-step process which will result in operating funding for national organizations that support the inclusion of people with disabilities.

Under this competitive process, eligible disability organizations are invited to submit their expression of interest before January 10, 2018.

Organizations that are successful in meeting the eligibility criteria (step one) will be invited to submit a full proposal for operating funding (step two) no later than March 31, 2018.

The SDPP-D provides funding for projects that support not-for-profit organizations in their efforts to improve the participation and integration of people with disabilities in all aspects of Canadian society, including identifying and sharing best practices, engaging community partners and supporting the development of tools and resources to address the needs of individuals, their families and communities to name a few.

To learn about the application process, organizations are encouraged to visit the Social Development Projects page.


Quotes

“Canada is at its best and all of society benefits when everyone is included. Through this program, the Government of Canada supports projects intended to improve the participation and integration of people with disabilities in all aspects of life so that everyone has equal opportunities in their communities and workplaces.”
– The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities

Quick Facts

  • The Social Development Partnerships 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.

  • The Disability Component of the SDPP supports projects intended to improve the participation and integration of people with disabilities in all aspects of Canadian society.

  • In 2012, about 14 percent of the Canadian population aged 15 years or older—1 in 7 Canadians—reported having a disability that limited their daily activities. That number is expected to grow with an aging population.

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Annabelle Archambault
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities
819-934-1122 / TTY: 1-866-702-6967
annabelle.archambault@canada.ca

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Employment and Social Development Canada
819-994-5559
media@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca
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