Canada’s Social Development Minister, MP Candice Bergen, was in Nanaimo on Wednesday announcing a new opportunity to help small businesses become more accessible to people with disabilities.
Through the Enabling Accessibility Fund, the government will offer small businesses up to $50,000 to match any money spent making buildings more accessible. That includes projects like adding ramps or elevators, widening doorways and removing any other barriers that could be holding back Canadians with disabilities.
Bergen says doing so should help create new jobs opportunities for people with disabilities.
Proposals from small businesses wanting money will be accepted up until October 1st.
The Canadian Government has funded over 1,400 projects through the Enabling Accessibility Fund since it was established in 2007.