Today, Bryan May, Member of Parliament for Cambridge, on behalf of the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, announced improved access for Canadians with disabilities to a new affordable housing project by Housing Cambridge.
A $50,000 grant has been provided to Housing Cambridge through the Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) to improve accessibility for residents and visitors by installing an elevator in their new building at 175 Hespeler Road.
Today’s announcement follows a recent $4.2 million government investment in this affordable housing project, announced by MP Bryan May and MPP Kathryn McGarry in March at the ground breaking of this new building.
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.
The EAF Community Accessibility Stream provides funding for projects that help improve accessibility and safety through renovations, retrofits, or construction of community facilities and venues so that programs and services can be accessed by people with disabilities. This includes the provision of information and communication technologies for community use that eliminate systemic accessibility barriers.
We often take accessibility for granted, especially when it comes to housing. This program works to break down the small barriers that can have a big impact, ensuring access to affordable housing that fulfills their needs.Bryan MayMember of Parliament for Cambridge
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 QualtroughMinister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities
We are very excited about the accessibility features of our affordable housing project at 175 Hespeler Road. This funding, which contributes to the elevator installation, makes available the needed resources for a major accessibility feature for future residents of the building, some of whom will live in fully modified units. The elevator provides for accessibility for residents of these units and also provides visibility access to neighbours in the building.Steve GarrisonGeneral Manager, Housing Cambridge