The EnAbling Change Program is an initiative of the Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure (MEDEI). Through the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario (ADO), 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 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.
Participating organizations can expect to work in close collaboration with ADO staff and other accessibility experts. Organizations should demonstrate a commitment to accessibility in order to lead by example in their sector.
• This program does not provide funding for building renovations such as ramps, lifts, or elevators
• This 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
• This 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 Government of Canada’s Enabling Accessibility Fund.
• This program is not the same as the Abilities Connect Fund.
In 2016-17 the EnAbling Change Program priorities are:
Promoting and distributing resources to help organizations with 2017 reporting deadline
In 2017, businesses and non-profits with 20 or more employees, and public sector organizations must file an accessibility compliance report with the Government of Ontario. This year the EnAbling Change Program will fund sector leaders to promote and distribute existing tools and resources and help obligated organizations comply with accessibility standards for:
• Customer Service
• Information and Communications
• Design of Public Spaces
Helping small and medium-sized businesses understand and comply with the Employment Standard
With the rollout of the Employment Standard for large businesses in 2016 and for small businesses in 2017, more Ontarians will start to see how the AODA standards work together to create an environment that leads to a positive and tangible culture change. This year the EnAbling Change Program will fund targeted projects to promote and distribute educational tools and compliance assistance resources to small and medium sized employers.
Promoting the business case for accessibility and a cultural shift towards greater inclusion
This year the EnAbling Change Program will fund projects that communicate the value of accessibility and help businesses realize the economic advantages that accessibility confers.
Projects may include the promotion and distribution of existing tools and resources that help organizations realize the social and economic advantages of increased accessibility.
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.