Hon. Jane Philpott, Member of Parliament for Markham-Stouffville, is delighted to announce that the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville has received $50,000 through the federal Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF). This funding will assist with the construction of a mobile washroom trailer that will enable Canadians with disabilities to fully participate in community events, such as festivals and fairs.
Many thanks to Deb Schulte, Member of Parliament for King-Vaughan, who made this announcement for our riding on behalf of Hon. Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport & Persons with Disabilities.
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.
Additionally, the Government of Canada is committed to developing new planned accessibility legislation to promote equality of opportunity and increase the inclusion and participation of Canadians who have disabilities or functional limitations. The online consultation on accessibility legislation is open until the end of February 2017. Visit Canada.ca/Accessible-Canada to take the survey.
“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.”
Hon. Carla Qualtrough
Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities