TILSON ANNOUNCES SUPPORT FOR IMPROVED ACCESSIBILITY FOR CANADIANS WITH DISABILITIES IN CALEDON
BOLTON, ON - Today, David Tilson, Member of Parliament for Dufferin-Caledon, announced improved access for Canadians with disabilities to programs and services in their community.
The Town of Caledon is receiving $50,000 from the Enabling Accessibility Fund to improve accessibility for Canadians with disabilities in Caledon.
The Town of Caledon’s project consists of retrofitting the main entrance and back entrance of Rotary Place in Bolton, as well as installing automatic door openers, building an accessible washroom, and retrofitting the flooring.
- Since the launch of the Enabling Accessibility Fund in 2007, the Government of Canada has funded over 1,800 projects, helping thousands of Canadians gain better access to their communities’ facilities, programs and services.
- Economic Action Plan 2013 extended the Enabling Accessibility Fund on an ongoing basis at $15 million per year to improve accessibility in facilities across Canada, including workplaces.
- In recent years, the Government of Canada has taken concrete action to support programs for people with disabilities:
o The Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities has helped over 39,600 people with disabilities across Canada to prepare for, obtain and maintain employment or self-employment.
o So far, Canadians have registered close to 100,000 Registered Disability Savings Plans and have benefitted from over $1 billion in bonds and grants deposited by the federal government.
o With an investment of $222 million per year in the provinces and territories, Labour Market Agreements for Persons with Disabilities are the single largest federal government investment in helping Canadians with disabilities get jobs.
o Economic Action Plan 2014 announced a $15 million investment to expand the Ready, Willing & Able initiative.
“Our Government is committed to ensuring that Canadians of all abilities have the chance to contribute to our communities and be included in all aspects of society. Through our investments in the Enabling Accessibility Fund, more than 1,800 projects across the country are improving accessibility so that all Canadians participate in their communities and workplaces.”
– The Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State for Social Development
“The Government of Canada is creating opportunities for Canadians with disabilities through support from the Town of Caledon’s project. Thanks to organizations like yours, who care about accessibility, we are eliminating barriers and we’re helping to bring workers, employers and communities together.”
– David Tilson, Member of Parliament for Dufferin-Caledon
I am so pleased to accept this funding and to use it towards accessibility improvements to Rotary Place - Home of the Caledon Seniors Centre. We know these upgrades will eliminate physical barriers and improve participation by the many users of Rotary Place, a key facility in our community.”
- Allan Thompson, Mayor, Town of Caledon