July 30, 2010

Canadians, regardless of physical ability, should be able to participate in and contribute to, their community and the economy.

That is why through the Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF), the Government of Canada supports projects that improve accessibility and enable Canadians, regardless of physical ability, to participate fully in society.  To date, the EAF has been extremely popular.  Since 2008, we’ve awarded funding to over 300 organizations across Canada.

I am pleased to inform you that we have launched the 2010 Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) call for proposals.  Community-based organizations have until September 10, 2010, to apply for funding of up to $75,000 to renovate, construct or retrofit buildings; to modify or retrofit vehicles; or to make information and communication technologies more accessible. All projects must be accessible to the public. 

I encourage communities and organizations across the country to apply for funding under the EAF.  Details about the program are available on the Human Resources and Skills Development Canada website at

The government’s 2010 Jobs and Growth Budget builds on the success of this program by providing an additional $45 million and has a number of additional measures to support people with disabilities.  To learn more about these and other ways our Government is working for people with disabilities, please visit the website.

Until next time…

Yours Truly

Earl Dreeshen, MP
Red Deer