Enabling Accessibility Fund Is Accepting Applications Until July 26, 2018

Wednesday, June 27th, 2018 |


The Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) provides funding for eligible capital projects that increase accessibility for people with disabilities in Canadian communities and workplaces, creating more opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in community activities, programs and services, or access employment opportunities.


Eligible recipients include:


Not-for-profit organizations

For profit organizations


Indigenous organizations (including band councils, tribal councils and self-government entities)

Territorial governments


Eligible recipients can apply for funding through periodic funding processes, where eligibility criteria are further defined, under three program components:


  1. The small projects component provides grant funding, up to $100,000 per project, to support small scale construction, renovation or retrofit projects that increase accessibility in communities or workplaces. Examples of types of projects are: installing screen reader devices and hearing induction loop systems, building accessible pathways and ramps, creating a controlled multisensory environment (Snoezelen room), and constructing a universally designed office.


  1. The mid-sized projects component provides contributions of up to $3 million to support larger retrofit, renovation or construction projects of facilities or venues that house or will house programs and services geared towards addressing the social and/or labour market integration needs of people with disabilities in a holistic manner. Eligible projects may include the creation or expansion of existing centres or hubs which offer centralized programming and services for people with disabilities in their communities.


  1. NEW- The youth innovation component empowers youth to identify accessibility barriers within their communities and work with local organizations to develop solutions to increase accessibility and safety in community spaces and workplaces.  Funding of up to $10,000 is available to support capital costs of eligible projects, which may include initiatives like installing automatic door openers, constructing raised garden beds in a community garden, or acquiring specialized wheelchairs to access sandy beach.


Deadline for applications is July 26, 2018.


For further information, contact:


Enabling Accessibility Fund

1-800-O-Canada (1-800-622-6232)


Enabling Accessibility Fund

Office for Disability Issues
Employment and Social Development Canada

105, rue Hôtel de Ville
Bell Building, First Floor

Gatineau, Quebec  K1A 0J9