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EnAbling Change Program 2018-19

Description

The EnAbling Change Program provides funding for educational projects that promote accessibility for people with disabilities. The program provides financial support and expertise to incorporated non-profit organizations, such as industry umbrella organizations and professional associations that have wide reach to help obligated organizations comply with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).

The program funds a limited number of projects, such as targeted education campaigns across a sector or industry to promote and distribute existing accessibility tools and resources.

Organizations should demonstrate a commitment to accessibility in order to lead by example in their sector.

In 2018-19 the EnAbling Change Program priorities are:

• Increase awareness and support compliance with the Design of Public Spaces Standard among businesses and non-profits, and the public sector

• Increase awareness of invisible disabilities and promote removal of attitudinal barriers in a specific industry or sector

• Advance Ontario’s Employment Strategy for People with Disabilities by:

o Promoting a foundation of accessibility through awareness and compliance with the Employment Standard in a specific industry or sector

o Engage employers by promoting barrier-free recruitment practices for job candidates with disabilities in a specific industry or sector

Preference will be given to applicants that:

• Demonstrate the ability to deliver proposed projects to employer networks across an industry or sector, using various communications channels, including social media and other digital platforms.

• Demonstrate experience promoting and distributing educational products for employers.

• Demonstrate understanding of challenges related to compliance with Ontario’s accessibility standards.

• Demonstrate access to expertise related to employers and people with disabilities in the workplace.

• Demonstrate that projects will benefit stakeholders beyond the funding period.

Please note:

The EnAbling Change Program does not provide funding for building renovations such as ramps, lifts, or elevators. This program is not the same as the Government of Canada’s Enabling Accessibility Fund.

The EnAbling Change Program does not provide funding to directly cover the cost of meeting AODA requirements. For example, no funding will be provided to refresh websites to meet accessibility requirements.

The EnAbling Change Program does not provide funding to directly cover the cost of workplace accommodations, wage subsidies, or placement programs for people with disabilities. This program is not the same as the Abilities Connect Fund.

Deadline

December 15, 2017

Eligibility Requirements

• Organizations are eligible to apply for the EnAbling Change Program if they:

o Are a non-profit that has been incorporated in Ontario for at least one year.

o Have accountability processes to administer, manage and oversee any funding received from the Province.

o Provide proof of Commercial General Liability Insurance coverage in the amount of not less than $2 million, if the application is successful.

o Are prepared to provide reports, as agreed in the contract and/or at the Accessibility Directorate’s request.

o Are fully compliant with Ontario’s accessibility standards.

Program Guidelines

Before applying, please read the 2018-19 EnAbling Change Program guidelines:

Program Guidelines in PDF

Application Budget Template

Contacts

If you have any questions, please contact us at:

Phone: 416.212-2144 / 416.314-0416

Email: enablingchange@ontario.ca

Last updated: October 16, 2017