Government of Canada improves accessibility for Canadians with disabilities in Markstay-Warren

Today, Marc Serré, Member of Parliament for Nickel Belt, on behalf of the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, announced improved access for Canadians with disabilities to the municipal administration offices of Markstay-Warren.

The Municipality of Markstay-Warren has received $25,463.00 through the Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) to improve accessibility for Canadians with disabilities by enabling the municipality to embark on a retrofit of its administration offices, making the entrance accessible to those with mobility challenges by widening the doorway and making the doors automatic, as well as installing a front service desk that will be lowered to make it more accessible to all residents, regardless of ability.

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 Workplace Accessibility Stream gives eligible businesses and other employers across Canada the opportunity to submit funding proposals for projects that improve accessibility and safety for people with disabilities through renovations, retrofits or construction of workplaces, including the provision of accessible information and communication technologies for work use.