Province aims to make NS fully ac­ces­si­ble by 2030

One in five Nova Sco­tians iden­tify as hav­ing a dis­abil­ity

The Victoria Standard - - Business -

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. no­vas­co­­ness-ac­cess-abil­ity-grant-pro­gram.

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