February 20th, 2017, Montreal, Quebec Employment and Social Development Canada
Today, Anthony Housefather, Member of Parliament for the Mount Royal riding, on behalf of the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, announced funding will be provided to The Donald Berman YALDEI Development Center and the Sylvan Adams YM-YWHA in order to improve access for Canadians with disabilities.
The Donald Berman YALDEI Development Center has received $45,958 through the Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) to adapt and retrofit its new location to meet the accessibility needs of its users.
“We wish to express once again our sincere gratitude for this grant, which will ensure that the accessibility needs of our community will be drastically improved, “ said Joëlle Bohadana, Communications & Marketing Coordinator, at the Donald Berman YALDEI Development Center.
The Sylvan Adams YM-YWHA has received $30,810 to purchase equipment that will allow greater access to its swimming facilities for those with limited mobility. “We are extremely excited and grateful to have received the grant from the SIP Fund, which fits in perfectly with our philosophy of inclusiveness. This will allow us to reach a greater scope of clients as we increase our programming and accessibility to areas where we previously could not provide full access,” stated Laura Muzzo, Director of Fitness and Membership Services at the Sylvan Adams YM-YWHA.
“I am thrilled that the Government of Canada is providing funds to important institutions in the Mount Royal riding to improve accessibility for Canadians with disabilities,” said Mount Royal Member of Parliament Anthony Housefather. “Today’s announcement is yet another example of what the Government of Canada is doing to help Canadians of all abilities to fully participate in and contribute to their workplaces and communities. I encourage all eligible businesses and community organizations to join their efforts and make our communities and workplaces more inclusive for all Canadians.”
Canadians with disabilities face challenges every day which prohibit them from participating fully in their community and workplace. The Government of Canada is committed to reducing these accessibility barriers and ensuring that everyone has equal access and opportunity through programs such as the EAF. This is why Budget 2016 provided an additional $4 million over two years, starting in 2016–17, to support the capital costs of construction and renovation related to improving physical accessibility and safety for Canadians with disabilities in their communities.
The EAF Community Accessibility Stream provides funding for projects that help improve accessibility and safety through renovations, retrofits or construction of community facilities and venues so that programs and services can be accessed by people with disabilities. This includes the provision of information and communication technologies for community use that eliminate systemic accessibility barriers.