Government of Canada announces funding for the social and economic inclusion of persons with disabilities
“As we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government is committed to helping persons with disabilities maintain their health, safety and dignity. There is a crucial role for the Government in continuing to help break down barriers to ensure that everyone has an equal opportunity to succeed and contribute to our society. Through the Social Development Partnerships Program – Disability component funding, we continue to change perceptions, by working with organizations across Canada to find projects that improve social inclusion and accessibility for persons with disabilities.”
– The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion
National AccessAbility Week is from May 31 to June 6, 2020 and is an opportunity to highlight the contributions of Canadians with disabilities and recognize all efforts related to removing barriers to inclusion.
$11 million in funding has been provided annually to organizations to support projects intended to improve the participation and social inclusion of persons with disabilities in all aspects of Canadian society. Over 500 projects have been now been funded through the Social Development Partnerships Program.
Additional funding was announced in 2019 for the Social Development Partnerships Program to support the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities as well as the implementation of the Accessible Canada Act:
- $2.6 million over two years (2019–21) to support the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities;
- $6.13 million over three years (2019–22) to support accessibility; and
- $2.7 million per year ongoing, effective 2021–22, to support accessibility.
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