Canadian government improves accessibility for people with disabilities in Toronto

Americas, News, February 23 2015

TORONTO, ONTARIO: The Honourable Joe Oliver, Minister of Finance and Minister Responsible for the Greater Toronto Area, and Mark Adler, Member of Parliament for York Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State for Social Development, announced $50,000 in funding to improve accessibility for those attending Beth Tzedec, a Jewish faith community that offers social, cultural, educational and spiritual programs in Toronto.

Beth Tzedec will renovate its sanctuary to make it more accessible for persons with disabilities. A new stage with a ramp will allow members with physical limitations to fully participate in activities, and a new sound system equipped with assistive listening devices will help people who are deaf.

The funding is coming from the Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF), which supports the inclusion and participation of Canadians with all abilities in every aspect of society.

“Our Government is committed to ensuring that Canadians of all abilities have the chance to contribute to our communities and be included in all aspects of society. Through our investments in the Enabling Accessibility Fund, more than 1,800 projects across the country are improving accessibility so that all Canadians can participate in their communities and workplaces.” said the Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State for Social Development.

“The Enabling Accessibility Fund has helped remove barriers and allow Canadians with all abilities gain better access to a variety of programs and services. By providing funding to organizations like Beth Tzedec Congregation, the Government of Canada will continue to improve our quality of life and bring workers, employers and communities together.” said the Honourable Joe Oliver, Minister of Finance and Minister Responsible for the Greater Toronto Area.

“This funding will make a positive difference for members of Beth Tzedec Congregation. It will help open the doors to this important local organization for people who previously faced physical and audio barriers.” said Mark Adler, Member of Parliament for York Centre.

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