Government of Canada Improves Accessibility for Canadians with Disabilities in Ingersoll

March 20, 2014

Ingersoll, ON – Canadians with disabilities will gain better access to programs and services in their community, today announced Dave MacKenzie, Member of Parliament for Oxford, on behalf of the Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State (Social Development).

PlayRight Playgrounds Ingersoll is receiving $45 000.00 from the Enabling Accessibility Fund to improve accessibility for Canadians with disabilities. This funding will assist in making the playground at Garnett Elliot Park in Ingersoll be more accessible with the construction of an exterior ramp, increasing colour contrast, and installing accessible playground structures.

Quick Facts About The Enabling Accessibility Fund

  • Since its launch in 2007, the Government of Canada has funded over 1 100 projects, helping thousands of Canadians gain better access to their communities’ facilities, programs and services.
  • Through Economic Action Plan 2013, the Government extended the Enabling Accessibility Fund on an ongoing basis at $15 million per year to improve accessibility in facilities across Canada, including workplaces.
  • Economic Action Plan 2013 strengthens federal  programs for Canadians with disabilities to help them get the skills and training they need to prepare for and find work. Beginning in 2015–16,      more Canadians with disabilities will receive training for in-demand jobs through ongoing support from the Opportunities Fund for Persons with disabilities.

Quotes

“Our government is committed to creating jobs, economic growth and long-term prosperity all across Canada, including right here in Ingersoll. We are improving accessibility for Canadians with disabilities, which will enable them to fully participate in their communities and workplaces.”

The Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State (Social Development)

“The Government of Canada is creating opportunities for Canadians with disabilities through support from the Garnett Elliot Accessible Playground project. Thanks to organizations like PlayRight Playgrounds Ingersoll, who care about accessibility, we are eliminating barriers and helping to bring workers, employers, and communities together.”

Dave MacKenzie, Member of Parliament for Oxford

“The Enabling Accessibility Fund provides not only an opportunity for community building among organizations and individuals in Ingersoll, but also gives the opportunity for all of our youth to live active and healthy lifestyles outdoors.”

Dave Cripps, PlayRight Playgrounds Ingersoll

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