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Enabling Accessibility Fund

Enabling Accessibility Fund

Enabling Accessibility Fund

From: Employment and Social Development Canada

The Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) provides funding for projects that make Canadian communities and workplaces more accessible for persons with disabilities. The EAF supports Canada's Disability Inclusion Action Plan, in particular Pillar 3 - Accessible and Inclusive Communities. To learn more, consult the Canada's Disability Inclusion Action Plan, 2022.

The EAF aims to create more opportunities for persons with disabilities to:

  • take part in community activities, programs, and services, or
  • access employment

There are 3 different program components in the EAF.

Two of those components are currently open.

The youth innovation component

The youth innovation component encourages youth to find accessibility barriers in their communities. They work with local organizations to improve accessibility and safety in community spaces and workplaces. Grant funding can be up to $12,000 per project.

Project ideas include:

  • purchasing para-hockey sleds
  • building raised garden beds in a community garden
  • providing accessible beach mats and beach wheelchairs
  • purchasing voice recognition software


The small projects component

The small projects component provides grant funding for small-scale construction and communication technology projects that improve accessibility in communities and workplaces. Grants can be up to $200,000 per project.

Project examples may include:

  • building ramps, accessible doors, and accessible washrooms
  • installing screen reader devices and hearing loop systems
  • constructing a universally designed office
  • creating an accessible playground


Flat rate

The EAF has introduced flat rate costing to the small and mid-sized projects components. The flat rate calculator provides the amount of funding for:

  • ramps
  • accessible doors
  • accessible washrooms
  • elevators
  • lifts
  • pool lifts
  • multi-sensory rooms/stations
  • accessible playgrounds
  • accessible parking
  • accessible drop-off areas
  • accessible electric vehicle charging stations

If you are applying for funding for these projects, refer to the flat rate information sheet.

flow chart is available to help you choose the accessibility project that is right for your organization.

Guidance is available on providing safety and security items to make buildings more accessible for persons with disabilities.

If you have any questions please contact Corporate Services 250-997-3221 or by email.

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