Removing barriers to your business' success

August 11, 2014 - Tags: Employers Financing

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

The Enabling Accessibility Fund launched a call for proposals on August 6, 2014 under its workplace accessibility stream. Small businesses can apply to receive up to $50,000 in grant funding for projects that help to create or maintain job opportunities for people with disabilities through improvements to accessibility in the workplace. Projects may include:

  • Construction, renovation or retrofit of workplaces in which job opportunities could be created or maintained specifically for people with disabilities.
  • The provision of assistive technologies for work use.

If you are an employer who has or is thinking about hiring people with disabilities, you are encouraged to apply for a grant by October 1, 2014. Choose to embrace diversity and break down barriers of accessibility in your workplace!

Find out how to apply. Applications must be received by 11:59 PM (EST) October 1, 2014.


Posted by on October 2, 2014
Hello Michael,

We are sorry you are disappointed. We asked Employment and Social Development Canada to respond to your situation. ESDC has provided the following comment:

'Thank you for your feedback. Firstly, we would like to thank your organization for taking steps to improve accessibility for people with disabilities. However, the workplace stream of the Enabling Accessibility Fund is specifically designed to fund projects which will improve accessibility in workplaces for employees or prospective employees with disabilities. Therefore, the requirements for this stream are targeted towards projects which will either maintain or create job opportunities for people with disabilities.'

We wish you continued success with your store.

Posted by Michael on September 25, 2014
I went ahead and installed our store doors with the automatic door openers for easier access to the public. It cost us about 8 thousand dollars, but we can't apply for this fund!

One, you have to apply first and then install.
Two, so many barriers for the funding cause of the rules and requirements.

Posted by dennis on August 22, 2014
Very interesting
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