NICKEL BELT-GREATER SUDBURY – Today, Marc Serré, Member of Parliament for Nickel Belt, on behalf of the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility, announced that the Club d’entraide Saint Bernard (Chevaliers de Colombs 10357) in Field has received financial support through the mid-sized projects component of the Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF).
Club d’entraide Saint Bernard gathers residents of West Nipissing with many activities and programs. This financial support will allow the Chevaliers de Colombs to undertake renovations at the Field Church and Community Hall to improve accessibility for persons with disabilities by installing ramps and constructing accessible washrooms.
With programs such as the EAF, the Government of Canada is breaking down the barriers that prevent persons with disabilities from fully participating in all aspects of Canadian society, ensuring that everyone has equal access and opportunity.
“Canada is at its best when everyone is included. Giving organizations the resources they need to make their venues accessible to all Canadians is one of the important steps our government is taking to ensure persons with disabilities have the opportunity to participate in society on an equal basis. Through this funding and through partnerships with organizations like [Organization/ Community or workplace name], we are building a more inclusive and accessible Canada.”
–The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility
“The Chevaliers de Colombs in Field are pillars in the community who bring residents together for enriching social experiences and gatherings. By addressing accessibility needs they open the doors to an even broader number of residents and assure that the community is properly served and welcomed. Communities flourish when barriers are broken down and everyone takes part! I am eager to see the positive benefits in West Nipissing as a result of this Enabling Accessibility funding!”
–Marc Serré, Member of Parliament for Nickel Belt
“We are very grateful the funding that the government is providing through the Enabling Accessibility Fund, it will benefit the community in allowing the disabled and aging population to attend the events that we provide at the Field Church and Community Hall like Remembrance Day celebrations, ATV Poker Runs, Fish Fries, yard sales, etc. These events mean so much to our community and we are glad all will continue to be able to participate.”
–Ken Paquette, Chevaliers de Colomb Grand Knight, Leader Club d’entraide Saint Bernard
- Today’s announcement falls under the mid-sized projects component of the Enabling Accessibility Fund.
- Budget 2017 provided $77 million over ten years, starting in 2018-19, to expand the activities of the EAF, allowing the program to support even more small and mid-sized projects and to launch a new youth-driven innovation component, so that Canadians of all abilities have better access to their community spaces and workplaces.
- The EAF is part of the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan. Through this plan, the Government of Canada is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.
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Marc Serré, MP Nickel Belt