Funding: Enabling Accessibility Fund for mid-sized projects – Eligibility information

2. Eligibility information

To be considered eligible for funding, Applications for Funding must meet all of the eligibility criteria outlined in this tab. Additional information about the eligibility criteria can be found in Tab 4 - Develop your application.

As this is a competitive process, not all Applications for Funding will be retained. Funding is limited and subject to budget considerations of the Enabling Accessibility Fund, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), and allocation of funds by Parliament.

Eligible projects

  • The Application for Funding must be received no later than May 24, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time Zone.
  • The Application for Funding must be signed by the legally authorized representative(s) of the organization.
  • The Application for Funding must be submitted by an eligible recipient.
  • A document from the Canada Revenue Agency that includes the organization's business or registration number must be received.
  • Two (2) letters that confirm community support for the proposed project must be provided with the Application for Funding.
  • One (1) estimate by an external contractor that supports each main cost category of the proposed project. If this is not possible, an acceptable rationale must be provided as to why an estimate could not be submitted as well as a description of how the main cost categories for the project were determined
  • The amount of funding requested from ESDC must be between $350,000 and $1,000,000.
  • A minimum of 35% of the total eligible project costs must be provided in cash by funding sources other than the Government of Canada (not applicable for organizations in Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut).
  • A strategy and/or steps have been identified by applicants to meet the 35% leveraging requirement.

Eligible recipients

  • Not for profit organizations (including social enterprises)
  • Municipalities
  • Indigenous organizations (including band councils, tribal councils and self-government entities)
  • Territorial governments

Ineligible recipients

  • For profit organizations
  • Federal and provincial governments
  • Crown corporations and entities that are controlled by the federal and provincial government

Ministère du Conseil Exécutif (M-30)

The Quebec National Assembly adopted an Act respecting the Ministère du Conseil exécutif (M-30). The provisions of this Act impose certain conditions on Quebec government bodies and certain other entities wanting to contract with the federal government. You may wish to consult the provisions of M-30 at the following website prior to submitting your application: An Act respecting the Ministère du Conseil exécutif (M-30). Any entity that is subject to the Act is responsible for obtaining such authorization before signing any agreement with the Government of Canada.

If your proposed project is successful, ESDC will allow a reasonable amount of time for you to obtain the authorization from the Government of Quebec.

Eligible activities

Eligible activities must relate to the construction, renovation, and/or retrofit of accessible facilities or venues in Canadian communities. These facilities and venues must offer or plan to offer programs and/or services that focus on a holistic approach in addressing the social and/or labour market integration needs of people with disabilities.

More specifically, projects must be directly related to the offering of centralized programs and/or services for people with disabilities in their communities through, for example, the creation or expansion of existing centres or hubs.


Examples of eligible activities

Activities specific to the construction, renovation, and retrofit of facilities or venues, can include, but are not limited to:

  • Preparatory work (for example demolition, excavation, foundation, concrete and structural work and related activities required to further the construction, renovation and/or retrofit project);
  • Mechanical, electrical and plumbing work; and,
  • Interior and exterior finishing work.

Activities specific to the provision of accessibility measures as part of a construction, renovation, and retrofit of facilities or venues, can include, but are not limited to:

  • Widening doorways that are too narrow for clients using a wheelchair, electric scooter or walker, as well as lowering counter space in a washroom, service/serving area;
  • Installing audio-visual fire alarm systems, as well as installing software or peripheral hardware, including screen readers, symbolic software, show-sound, voice recognition software and speech synthesizers for clients with hearing or visual impairments;
  • Installing an accessible elevator or lift;
  • Installing an access ramp and automated power door openers to enable the access of people with disabilities to the facility;
  • Enhancing lighting to accommodate people with low vision;
  • Installing appropriate signage, tactile cues, and painting with contrasting colours;
  • Building continuous accessible pedestrian walkways between outdoor amenities and recreation area; and,
  • Providing information and communication technologies such as interactive speech capability software on a computer used by patrons in a professional training centre, operated by a non-profit organization.

Ineligible activities

  • Construction, renovation and retrofit of Government of Canada property or of private homes or dwellings.
  • Any activity that would result in increasing accessibility for only one individual based on personal needs.
  • Retrofit of motor vehicles (for example automobiles, vans, buses) used for community-based transportation.
  • Construction, renovation and retrofit activities related to the embellishment/or esthetics of a building or its surroundings.

Eligible costs

Costs must be related to the construction, renovation and/or retrofitting of facilities or venues that are open to the public (not private home or dwelling), which can include the costs related to the accessibility features of a building. These facilities or venues must offer or plan to offer programs and/or services that focus on a holistic approach in addressing the social and/or labour market integration needs of people with disabilities.

Eligible costs are only those that are incurred after the signing of a funding agreement.

Costs can include, but are not limited to:

  • Professional fees such as technical expertise and construction contractors;
  • Costs of the construction or renovation of a building, including materials, supplies and labour;
  • Costs of the purchase or rental of tools, equipment or machinery necessary to complete the project;
  • Costs related to information technologies such as adapted computer software, and costs related to the purchase of universally accessible equipment; and,
  • Other costs that are directly linked and/or incremental for the successful implementation of a project and that have been approved as part of the funding agreement with ESDC.

Ineligible costs

Ineligible costs include, but are not limited to:

  • Costs that are not directly related to improving accessibility to programs and services for people with disabilities in an accessible facility or venue;
  • Costs related to non-accessible furnishings (for example desks, chairs, lockers, fridges, etc.);
  • Costs linked to constructing, renovating, and/or retrofitting Government of Canada properties and private homes/dwellings;
  • Costs linked to retrofitting and modifying motor vehicles (for example automobiles, vans, buses);
  • Fees/costs associated with the lease or purchase of land, buildings or motor vehicles (for example automobiles, vans, buses);
  • Training costs associated with the project;
  • Costs for which the recipient or a third party is eligible for a rebate;
  • Financing charges and interest costs;
  • Legal fees;
  • Routine repair and maintenance costs of buildings;
  • Costs of consultation and preparation of the proposal;
  • Costs associated with the research and development of a technology;
  • Costs associated with feasibility, planning (including sustainability plans) and marketing studies, including environmental assessments;
  • Costs associated with the commercialization, marketing and promotion of a product or service;
  • Staff salaries and benefits of any employees of the recipient; and,
  • General operating costs of your organization (for example overhead costs, direct or indirect operating or administrative costs, including, but not limited to regular telephone and heating costs, rent, utilities, property taxes, insurance, equipment for staff, audit costs, etc.).

Example of a project

A not-for-profit organization offers a range of services that meet the needs of children and youth with specific physical, emotional, behavioral or medical challenges. This includes year round programming, such as recreational programs and services, social, life skills programs and counselling services, as well as day and summer camps. Most of the organization's facilities are adapted to meet the needs of the children they serve.

However, demand for these services has been increasing over the last few years to a point where it can no longer meet the needs. The organization wants to expand their operations and also add a new series of programming and services to their curriculum to support the labour market integration of youth with disabilities. It plans on providing new programming and services, such as: job search assistance, interview and/or job-skills support and career planning. To be able to better respond to the demand and provide the new programming it will need to build a new, fully accessible facility.

The total project cost is estimated at $1,250,000. The organization has secured a grant from local foundations, partners and the municipality in the amount of $400,000. It has also raised $37,500 through fundraising activities. It is seeking $812,500 from the Government of Canada's Enabling Accessibility Fund in order to complete their project.

With this funding, the organization can undertake the construction of a new, fully accessible facility to respond to the needs of their patrons, that is children and youth with disabilities. As a result of this project, more children and youth with disabilities will be able to access recreational programs, and youth with disabilities will be able to access labour market integration programming and services.

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