Three community groups in Cumberland, Guysborough and Pictou
counties will receive more than $24,000 to help make their
facilities more accessible to seniors and people with
disabilities. The projects include building ramps, accessible
washrooms and widening doorways.
The projects are among 19 projects worth a total of $146,000
announced today, May 19, by the Nova Scotia government under the
Community ACCESS-ability program. The program helps community
groups make public buildings and other facilities more accessible
for all Nova Scotians.
This brings the number of approved projects to almost 200 and the
total investment to $1.3 million since the program was announced
in May 2000.
"These projects are vital for Nova Scotians with disabilities to
fully participate in their communities," said Barry Barnet,
Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. "The
community organizations we are supporting are helping to make
Nova Scotia a more inclusive society and we are proud to work
The Senior Citizens' Clubhouse in Stellarton will be receiving
$10,000 to build a ramp, install an automatic door opener and
create an accessible washroom.
"This is a place where seniors come to socialize," said Tony
Addis, Town of Stellarton engineer. "It is important that all the
seniors we serve are able to access this facility."
Installing wheelchair ramps and lifts, accessible washrooms and
automatic doors in community halls, recreational facilities,
municipal offices and other locations across the province are the
types of projects supported by the Community ACCESS-ability
Under the program, the province contributes $2 for every dollar
raised by the project sponsor. Donations of labour and materials
can be included in the sponsor's share, making it easier for
municipalities and community organizations to raise their portion
of the project costs.
Following are the projects approved in Cumberland, Guysborough
and Pictou counties:
-- Amherst Lions Club, Amherst: $10,000 (washroom)
-- Senior Citizens' Clubhouse, Stellarton: $10,000 (ramp, doors,
-- St. Paul's United Church Hall, Canso: $4,420 (ramp)
Guidelines and application forms for potential project sponsors
are available on the website atwww.gov.ns.ca/snsmr/muns/infr/access/access.asp
or by calling
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The province is investing more than 146-thousand dollars in
19 projects to make Nova Scotia an easier place to live for
seniors and people with disabilities.
Under the Community ACCESS-ability Program, the government
provides grants to community groups and municipalities to build
ramps, elevators, accessible washrooms and other additions to
public buildings and recreational facilities.
This investment brings the number of approved projects to
almost 200 and the total investment to one-point-three million
dollars since the program was announced in May 2000.
Municipalities and non-profit organizations receive two
dollars from the province for every dollar they raise, to a
maximum of 10-thousand dollars.
Contact: Karen Ramsland
Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations
jal May 19, 2004 9:32 A.M.