This guest blog post is provided by Employment and Social Development Canada, which supports the participation of Canadians with disabilities in their workplaces and their communities.

If your business employs up to 99 full time-equivalent employees, you could receive a government grant of up to $50,000 for an accessibility project.

People with disabilities bring extraordinary skills and talents to the workforce, but often these contributions are untapped. There are approximately 795,000 working-aged Canadians with disabilities who are not currently working and nearly 340,000 of them have a post-secondary education.

The Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) Workplace Accessibility is a Government of Canada program that supports projects that improve accessibility and safety in workplaces across Canada through capital cost investments such as renovations, retrofits or construction of facilities.

Eligible businesses can submit funding proposals for EAF to make accessibility improvements through small renovations or retrofits to their workplace. Employers and employees alike benefit from these upgrades.

Projects funded include anything from installing automatic doors to building ramps or developing accessible software to help employees with disabilities. If you have an idea for a project, and want to know if it might be eligible, please visit Canada.ca/accessibility-fund, call 1-800-O-Canada (1-800-622-6232) or contact us via TTY at 1-800-926-9105. These important projects can open doors and increase opportunities for all Canadians.

Submit your proposal before July 26, 2017. For more information and to submit your application, visit Canada.ca/accessibility-fund!

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