Engaging youth leaders to encourage organizations to apply for funding under the Youth Innovation Component of the Enabling Accessibility Fund

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Application period

The application period to become a Youth Accessibility Leader (YAL) is now open from June 3, 2022, to October 17, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).


We are looking for young Canadians to help make Canada more accessible for persons with disabilities.

The Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) is looking for dynamic youth who want to demonstrate leadership and a commitment to their communities. Through this process, youth volunteer their time to build a more accessible Canada.


We want you and what you have to offer, if you are:

Apply to become an EAF Youth Accessibility Leader!

Note, as a Youth Accessibility Leader you can either work alone or work as a team and have a few friends support you throughout the process.

About the EAF Youth Innovation Component

The Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) Youth Innovation Component provides an opportunity for dynamic youth who want to demonstrate leadership and a commitment to their communities to have a direct impact in the lives of persons with disabilities. By becoming a Youth Accessibility Leader, you will promote the program and engage organizations to apply for its funding. You can do this by addressing accessibility barriers in public spaces or workplaces within your community. Through this work, you will volunteer your time to:

Role of the Youth Accessibility Leader

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

Benefits of being a Youth Accessibility Leader:

What you need to know before you apply

Description of the funding process

Read this section to learn more about the process:

Eligible organizations

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

Ineligible organizations

In order to be eligible for funding, you must clearly and completely tell us how your project meets the following criteria:

Previously funded youth projects including are:


The application period to submit your interest in becoming a Youth Accessibility Leader is from June 3, 2022, and October 17, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. (EDT).

Contact us

Please send any questions to EDSC.JEUNESSEFA-YOUTHEAF.ESDC-GD@servicecanada.gc.ca. We will answer any questions sent before October 17, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. (EDT).

Information sessions

We will also be holding information sessions virtually for those who are interested to become YALs, as well as, for organizations interested in applying for funding. Please email us at the address above to let us know of your name and participation in your chosen official language (English or French) on one of the following dates below.

The sessions will also be fully accessible and include American Sign Language (ASL), Langue des signes québécoise (LSQ) and Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART).

The date for the sessions are as follows:

You will receive an email invitation to a virtual session with a link and related material enclosed.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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