National disability organizations receive additional funding to support and enhance accessible communications and engagement activities related to the COVID-19 pandemic
“These last few months have been hard for everyone. We know that persons with disabilities face unique and heightened challenges and vulnerabilities during a pandemic including access to information and communications, mental health and social isolation and employment and income supports. That is why, in the spirit of “nothing without us,” the Government of Canada continues to work with organizations and persons with disabilities across the country, using a disability lens to address their concerns and challenges to provide the support they need during this difficult time.”
– 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.
The COVID-19 Disability Advisory Group is composed of individual experts from the disability community, and was established in order to advise the Minister on the real-time lived experiences of persons with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic on disability-specific issues, challenges and systemic gaps and on strategies, measures and steps to be taken.
Since 1998, $11 million in funding has been provided annually under the Social Development Partnership Program – Disability component 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 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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