Ontario Supporting Stronger, More Accessible Communities
Updated: Dec 21, 2022
Toronto – The Ontario government is building stronger and more accessible communities by investing up to $1.5 million in the 2022-23 EnAbling Change Program. The program provides grants to not-for-profits and organizations across a range of sectors for projects that show the value and benefits of accessibility through the development of tools and educational resources that make Ontario open to people of all abilities.
“Our government is investing in people of all abilities by funding projects that raise awareness about how accessibility and inclusion benefits everyone,” said Raymond Cho, Minister for Seniors and Accessibility. “The EnAbling Change Program makes Ontario more accessible, with communities and businesses open to all.”
Applications for funding are open starting today through to December 8. Some examples of previously funded projects include:
up to $112,610 to Canada’s National Ballet School to deliver integrated dance programs for children of all abilities across the province so they can experience and enjoy dance.
up to $129,123 to Electricity Human Resources Canada to build a more inclusive workforce by creating a set of made-in-Ontario reference tools, learning materials and short videos to extend its online resources and support employers in expanding the accessibility of jobs in the electricity sector to people with disabilities.
up to $108,600 to Trucking Human Resources Canada to provide small and medium sized trucking companies with information about how to create viable employment options for people with disabilities.
This year the EnAbling Change Program focus will be on projects that:
drive a culture of respect and dignity for people with disabilities,
support awareness of requirements and regulatory compliance under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), and
create equitable opportunities in the jobs market.
Information on how to apply for the 2022-23 EnAbling Change Program can be found on the Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility’s Age-friendly and accessibility grants web page.
The EnAbling Change Program started in 1999. Last year, the program supported 14 projects across Ontario.
The program provides funding to not-for-profit, industry and professional associations across a range of sectors.
The Ontario government is helping drive cultural awareness about the value and benefits of accessibility through the EnAbling Change Program and Advancing Accessibility in Ontario framework.