Funding: Enabling Accessibility Fund for youth innovation projects: Application closed

From: Employment and Social Development Canada

Current status of the 2019 call for expression of interest for the Enabling Accessibility Fund for youth innovation projects: Closed

The Call for expression of interest closed on October 31, 2019, 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time. However, organizations that have partnered with an eligible Youth Accessibility Leader have until November 30, 2019, 2:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) to submit their applications for funding.

We anticipate that organizations will be notified of the status of their application by early 2020. Organizations must not start their proposed projects until notified by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) of approval and an agreement has been signed between the organization and a representative of ESDC.

Please note that not all applications submitted under this process will be approved. Funding is limited and subject to budget considerations of ESDC and allocation of funds by Parliament.

Decisions are final and there is no appeal process.

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Application period

The application period to enroll as a Youth Accessibility Leader is from May 29 to October 31, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern time.

Youth Innovation Component overview

We are looking for young Canadians to help build an accessible Canada

The Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) is looking for dynamic youths who want to demonstrate leadership and their commitment to their communities by volunteering their time to build a more accessible Canada.

If you are:

  • between 15 and 30 years of age
  • determined to make a difference in your community, and
  • you want to develop valuable skills and gain key experience…

…then we want you and what you have to offer! Apply to become an EAF Youth Accessibility Leader!

About the EAF Youth Innovation Component

The EAF Youth Innovation Component provides an opportunity for youths to have a direct impact in the lives of people with disabilities by addressing accessibility barriers in public spaces or workplaces within their community or surrounding communities. Through this work, youths create greater awareness about accessibility needs and encourage organizations to apply for EAF funding to address existing accessibility barriers and build a more inclusive and accessible Canada.

Role of the Youth Accessibility Leader

As a designated EAF Youth Accessibility Leader, you will be part of a growing community of youths from across the country that have:

  • Identified accessibility barriers in workplaces or public spaces
  • Approached organizations and made them aware of existing accessibility barriers
  • Encouraged organizations to apply for funding to address such barriers
  • Assisted an organization in developing and submitting a project proposal
  • Supported the management of an accessibility project valued at up to $10,000
  • Informed program improvements by providing their valued feedback
  • Participated in media and ministerial events; and
  • Made a difference in the lives of people with disabilities

How youths can benefit from being a Youth Accessibility Leader:

  • Increased awareness of accessibility barriers in their communities
  • Personal and community empowerment
  • Valuable presentation skills
  • Experience preparing or assisting in preparing project proposals
  • Networking opportunities
  • Access to an established Youth Alumni Network; and
  • Social responsibility and volunteer experience that impacts your community

Previously funded projects put forward by youth leaders include:

  • Mobile recording studio
  • Tandem bike for the visually impaired
  • Accessible cafeteria tables
  • FM hearing loops
  • Noise canceling headphones
  • Accessible play structures; and
  • Pool wheelchair

What you need to know before you apply

Read the information in this section to learn more about the process.

  • Apply to become a Youth Accessibility Leader by completing the online form. After you have applied, an automatic email will be sent to you to confirm receipt of your application. You will receive a decision on your application within 10 business days.
  • Once you have been accepted, a representative from the EAF program will send you a tool kit by email with all the information required to help you start your journey. The tool kit includes a confirmation letter, a fact sheet, as well as the application form and applicant guide.
  • With this information in hand, you will have a basic understanding of the EAF program and the eligibility criteria of the process and be equipped to go out into your community and identify accessibility barriers that limit the participation of people with disabilities in everyday life. You will seek an organization with existing accessibility barriers and encourage them to apply for funding through the EAF Youth Innovation Component.
  • You will help the interested organization to complete the application for funding.

Of note, as a Youth Accessibility Leader you can also choose to work as a team and have a few friends support you throughout the process.

The following organizations are eligible to apply for EAF Youth Innovation Component funding:

  • Not-for-profit organizations (including social enterprises)
  • Businesses (maximum 99 full-time equivalent employees)
  • Indigenous organizations (including band councils, tribal councils and self-government entities)
  • Municipal governments; and
  • Territorial governments


Application period

The application period to submit your interest in becoming a Youth Accessibility Leader is from May 29 to October 31, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern time.

Contact us

If you or the organization applying for funding have questions send an email to We will answer questions that are received by November 28, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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