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Federal budget boosts accessibility in public spaces

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Canada’s federal budget has earmarked $77 million over ten years to expand the Enabling Accessibility Fund that supports accessibility upgrades in renovated and newly constructed public facilities.

Eligible projects can add features, such as accessible washrooms, ramps, automatic door openers, and hearing induction loops, along with other necessary items that nurture a safe and inclusive environment for people with disabilities. Projects could also provide accessible information and communication technologies and retrofitted vehicles.

Since its creation in 2007, the Enabling Accessibility Fund has provided funding to more than 2,300 projects across the country.

One project that became more accessible through the fund is the Boys and Girls Club of London, Ontario. The community space added a new accessible desk, along with a mobile change table for the swimming club to reduce the risk of injury by safely raising and lowering people with special needs. As a result of the project, persons with disabilities can now safely participate in the swimming activities held at the facility every month, alongside their family members and friends.

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