Province aims to make NS fully accessible by 2030
One in five Nova Scotians identify as having a disability
The Ministry of Communities, Culture and Heritage announced on Oct. 16 that 24 businesses throughout the province will receive $580,000 under the Business ACCESS-ABILITY program to cost share accessibility-related improvements.
The Business ACCESS-ABILITY program is still open to applications.
Under this program, funds are available for cost shared grants to businesses for accessibility-related improvements which may fall under one, or more, of the following categories:
-Built Environment (Remove physical barriers for persons, customers and employees, to access business services – 66% of eligible expenses to a maximum of $50,000);
-Accessible Communication Services (Ensure that all customers, clients, and employees can access information related to a business – 66% of eligible expenses up to a maximum of $30,000);
- Assistive Devices (Ensure that employees and consumers who are persons with disabilities have the devices they need to effectively do their jobs and access places of business – 66% of eligible expenses up to a maximum of $30,000);
-Accessible Transportation (Ensure that there is a province-wide accessible passenger shuttle service connecting all regions through private operators. Provide support for businesses to make improvements, allowing for improved access to transportation services - 66% of eligible expenses to a maximum of $40,000);
- Universal Design Capacity Building Courses and Workshops (Develop universal design capacity within the professional-technical services community and train disabled persons in this field – see guidelines for funding cap).
"With 20 per cent of our population having a disability, it makes business sense to have access to that market," said Gerry Post, executive director, Accessibility Directorate, Government of Nova Scotia. "Persons with disabilities don't walk or roll alone, if one includes direct family members, we're talking over 500,000 Nova Scotians."
The Business ACCESS-ABILITY grant program supports government's efforts to achieve an accessible Nova Scotia by 2030. Government recently released the province's strategy for accessibility, Access by Design 2030 which identifies priorities to achieve the goals set out in the Accessibility Act.
A full list of Business ACCESS-ABILITY grant recipients and more information about the program are available at: https://cch. novascotia.ca/business-access-ability-grant-program.