Today, Marc Serré – Member of Parliament for Nickel Belt, on behalf of the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, announced improved access for Canadians with disabilities to Camp Noland Christian Ministries Inc. in Verner.
Camp Norland has received $6,000 through the Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) to improve accessibility for Canadians with disabilities by purchasing the necessary equipment and materials to provide a fully accessible washroom in their main buildings, for individuals with accessibility barriers. The organization will greatly benefit from this funding, as it will allow the facility to be more accessible to the surrounding community and to any individuals or groups coming to Camp Norland looking for a fully accessible location in a wilderness setting.
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.
“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.”
– Marc Serré, Member of Parliament for Nickel Belt
“We believe that everyone should have the same accessibility and opportunities in their communities and workplaces. Accessibility needs to be at the heart of everything we do. That is why the Government of Canada is engaging with Canadians across the country to inform the development of world-class accessibility legislation.”
– The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities
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Marc Serré, MP for Nickel Belt