Government of Canada invites youth leaders to help build a more accessible Canada
“Building a more inclusive Canada requires everyone’s contribution. By giving young Canadians the tools they need to make their communities more inclusive and more accessible to persons with disabilities, we give space for innovation and creativity. The investments our government announced today reflect our collaborative approach to removing barriers so that more Canadians can enjoy their communities, find jobs and contribute to Canada’s economy. I am delighted to have made these announcements at OCAD U, a university that is taking a leadership role in modernizing its resources so that students with disabilities have the tools needed to succeed. It’s partnerships like this one—between OCAD U and our government—that help build a more accessible Canada, where everyone is fully included.
– The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility
“Together we are building an innovation nation—one that is inclusive and works for everyone. To achieve this, our focus is squarely on our greatest asset: our people. Programs like the Accessible Technology Program, and partners like OCAD University, are setting the bar higher, sparking discussions, and leading the way with their passion for increasing accessibility and our awareness of its necessity.”
– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development
Since 2015, the Government of Canada has supported over 2,000 accessibility projects through the Enabling Accessibility Fund. These projects have helped several thousand Canadians by improving their access to their communities’ programs, services and employment opportunities.
Budget 2017 provided $77 million over ten years, starting in 2018‑19, to expand the activities of the EAF, allowing the program to support even more small and mid-sized projects and launch a new youth-driven innovation component, so that Canadians of all abilities have better access to their community spaces and workplaces.
The EAF enhancement is part of the Government of Canada’s Investing in Canada infrastructure plan in which the Government is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.
The Disability component of the Social Development Partnerships Program (SDPP-D) is a grant and contribution program that supports Government of Canada priorities to improve the participation and increase the social inclusion of persons with disabilities in all aspects of Canadian society as well as support the proposed Accessible Canada Act. SDPP-D provides $11 million annually to not-for-profit organizations for operating and project funding; starting 2021–2022, it will provide an additional $2.7 million annually to support the implementation of the proposed Accessible Canada Act.
The Accessible Technology Program invests $22.3 million over five years, starting in 2017–2018, to help fill the gap in support for the development of assistive and adaptive digital devices and technologies that can enable persons with disabilities to fully participate in the digital economy.
- Enabling Accessibly Fund
- Social Development Partnerships Program – Disability – Youth Leadership
- Social Development Partnerships Program - Disability – Financial Security
- Making an accessible Canada for persons with disabilities
- National AccessAbility Week
- Investing in Canada: Canada’s Long-Term Infrastructure Plan
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