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 St.-Charles Borromée Parish has received $81,068 in financial support through the small projects component of the Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF).
Once the accessibility and security project are completed, the St Charles Borommee Parish, will then offer a secured and accessible entry to the church through this new ramp, automatic door operating devices and an aged-friendly washroom. The century year old building will now be accessibly modernized to all the parishioners’ families and friends, young and old for all church services and sacraments throughout their lives.
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 equal opportunity.
Providing support to help persons with disabilities access their communities and workplaces is a key part of the Government’s plan to create a more inclusive and accessible Canada. By tabling the proposed Accessible Canada Act in 2018, the Government is taking concrete steps towards the realization of a barrier-free Canada where all Canadians have the same rights and opportunities to contribute to society.
“Canada is at its best and all of society benefits when everyone is included. Investing in the Enabling Accessibility Fund is one of the ways our Government is ensuring persons with disabilities in Canada have opportunities to participate in society on an equal basis. Through this funding and through partnerships with communities like the Municipality of St-Charles, we are building a more inclusive and accessible Canada.”
– The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility
“This funding will have a tremendous impact on making the St.-Charles Borromée Parish more accessible to seniors and those who have physical disabilities. Inclusivity is so important as our communities are better when everyone can take part! This project will help combat social isolation, increase personal engagement and promote good mental health. This modernization will transform this space and offer individuals the freedom to enjoy and participate in events and activities that once would not have been possible, that is progress and that is how we build stronger communities!”
– Marc Serré, Member of Parliament for Nickel Belt
“As our population ages along with diminished physical capabilities, it is of the upmost importance that we can bring our facilities to an age-friendly environment, young and old, so that they can be served with pride and dignity. Quite often we are asked about our available amenities and now we will be proud to accommodate these needs.”
– Richard Lafleur, Co-chair Age-Friendly Community and Director of the Parish Council
- Today’s announcement falls under the small projects component. Additional recipients of funding under this component, as well as recipients of funding under the other two components of this program, which are the mid-sized projects component and the youth innovation projects component, will be announced in coming months.
- Since 2015, the Government of Canada has supported over 2,000 accessibility projects through the Enabling Accessibility Fund. These projects have helped several thousand Canadians by improving their access to their communities’ programs, services and employment opportunities.
- Eligible organizations can submit funding applications through periodic calls for proposals.
- In 2018-19, EAF’s grants and contributions annual budget grew to $20.65 million as Budget 2017 provided an additional $77 million over ten years. These funds have expanded the activities of the program and support more small and mid-sized projects, including youth-driven project proposals, to improve accessibility in Canadian communities and workplaces.
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Marc Serré, MP Nickel Belt