Government improves accessibility for Canadians with disabilities in Winnipeg

Government improves accessibility for Canadians with disabilities in Winnipeg

WINNIPEG, May 21, 2015

Government improves accessibility for Canadians with disabilities in Winnipeg was announced by the Honourable Kevin Sorenson, Minister of State (Finance), and Lawrence Toet, Member of Parliament for Elmwood–Transcona, on behalf of the Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State for Social Development, today announced $50,000 in funding to improve accessibility at Transcona Memorial United Church.

Transcona Memorial United Church will undertake renovations to increase accessibility to its programs and services. Building improvements will include an expanded basement with accessible hallways to connect the basement rooms, barrier-free washrooms and a larger capacity elevator.

Government improves accessibility for Canadians with disabilities in Winnipeg.The funding is provided through the Enabling Accessibility Fund, which

Government improves accessibility for Canadians with disabilities

supports the inclusion and participation of Canadians with all abilities in every aspect of society.

Today's announcement is one example of what the Government is doing to help Canadians. To help hard-working families, the Government is also enhancing the Universal Child Care Benefit, introducing the Family Tax Cut and making improvements to the Child Care Expenses Deduction and the Children's Fitness Tax Credit.

Quick Facts

Since the launch of the Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) 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.

In 2013, the Government of Canada extended the EAF 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:
The Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities has helped 40,000 people with disabilities across Canada to prepare for, obtain and maintain employment or self-employment.

As of March 2015, Canadians have registered over 100,000 Registered Disability Savings Plans and have benefitted from over $1 billion in bonds and grants deposited by the federal government

The Government provides $222 million annually to the provinces and territories through Labour Market Agreements for Persons with Disabilities to help Canadians with disabilities develop skills to improve their job prospects.

Through Economic Action Plan 2014, the Government is providing $15 million over three years to the Canadian Association for Community Living to help connect people with developmental disabilities with jobs. It is also providing $11.4 million over four years to the Sinneave Family Foundation and Autism Speaks Canada to expand vocational training programs for people with autism spectrum disorders.

The Universal Child Care Benefit would increase from $100 to $160 per month (totalling up to $1,920 per year) for children under the age of 6, and parents would receive a new benefit of $60 per month (up to $720 per year) for each child aged 6 through 17.