"Today’s announcement is 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. And I encourage all eligible businesses and community organizations to join their efforts and make our communities and workplaces more inclusive for all Canadians."Gudie HutchingsMember of Parliament, Long Range Mountains
Today, Gudie Hutchings Member of Parliament for Long Range Mountains on behalf of the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, announced improved access for Canadians with disabilities in Corner Brook.
The City of Corner Brook has received $58,821 through the Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) to improve accessibility for Canadians with disabilities through the installation of accessible pedestrian signals, improvements to the sidewalk leading to the intersection, and improvements to the existing traffic island to provide improved refuge for pedestrians at Elizabeth St./ O’Connell Dr. Additionally, the funding will provide improved accessibility to City Hall, the Corner Brook Museum and Archives, Public Library, Rotary Arts Centre, and 911 Public Safety Answering Point.
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 Enabling Accessibility Fund 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.
“Our municipality recognizes the challenges facing residents who have a disability. We believe that accessibility initiatives help challenge disability to become ability. We are grateful to the Minister and our MP Gudie Hutchings for the support to work towards reducing barriers in the City of Corner Brook. The proposed projects will improve accessibility to the intersection of Elizabeth Street and O’Connell Drive which forms part of a significant pedestrian corridor linking residential areas with schools, commercial areas, service areas, parks as well as downtown. Additionally, this funding will be used to increase access to our City Hall complex. These two projects will be of benefit to those citizens living with disabilities, those that visit City Hall, as well as existing and future staff with disabilities or mobility issues”
His Worship Charles PenderMayor of Corner Brook
- The Enabling Accessibility Fund has an annual budget of $15 million.
- Since the creation of the Enabling Accessibility Fund, the Government of Canada has funded over 2,890 projects, helping thousands of Canadians gain access to their communities’ programs, services and workplaces.
- In July 2016, the Accessible Canada website (Canada.ca/Accessible-Canada) was launched in order to start the online consultations to inform the development of planned federal accessibility legislation. From September 2016 and up to February 2017, the Government of Canada will have conducted 18 public sessions and 9 roundtables in 18 different cities across Canada. A national youth forum was held in November 2016 to seek input from youth with disabilities or youth with relevant work, education and / or life experiences.