ACCESS-Ability Funding Announced

Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations (to March 31, 2014)

May 11, 2001 3:30 PM

The government of Nova Scotia today announced approval of 46
projects, worth $310,000, under the Community ACCESS-ability
program.

This brings the number of approved projects to 87 and the total
investment to almost $600,000 since the program was introduced in
May of last year.

“There is a significant need for this kind of program and we’ve
been overwhelmed with the enthusiastic response,” said Angus
MacIsaac, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal
Relations. “We have made important investments in making the
province more inclusive, more open to all Nova Scotians and we
will continue to do so.”

“Our grant will help to pay for a new ramp, replacing one that
was far too steep,” said Georgina Poirier, administrator for The
Green Door, Cheticamp Centre for Community Living. The Centre,
which offers a variety of crafts and activities for local
disabled people, as well as operating a gift shop and hot-dog
stand, received close to $5,000 from the program.

“The new ramp will make it a lot easier for our clients, and will
make the store more accessible as well,” she explained.

The Western Valley Development Authority in Cornwallis Park, a
non-profit Annapolis Valley group in a region recognized as one
of Canada’s 12 Smart Communities, received $10,000 to add a ramp,
a doorway and an accessible washroom.

“We serve all of Annapolis and Digby counties, and it’s important
that we are accessible to everyone in the region,” said authority
executive director Janet Larkman.

“We tend to think of technology projects like ours as being a
great enabler for people with mobility problems and that’s true,”
she said. “At the same time, we have to make our bricks-and-
mortar facilities accessible for clients and staff.”

Mr. MacIsaac said his government made a commitment to work with
advocacy groups for seniors and disabled Nova Scotians, and this
program delivers on that commitment.

The minister pointed to projects approved during 2000 as proof
that the ACCESS-ability program is working.

“From one end of the province to the other, we’re opening doors
and opportunities for all Nova Scotians,” he said. “From the
Southend Community Centre in Sydney to the Digby Waterfront
Boardwalk, we’ve helped to improve communities. From the Amherst
Fire Hall to the Municipal Administration Building in Liverpool,
we’ve invested in inclusivity.”

Groups representing people with disabilities agree that the
Community ACCESS-ability Program is making a difference.

“The government is creating a better stage for equity, for people
with disabilities,” said Elsie Cholette, provincial co-ordinator
of the Nova Scotia League for Equal Opportunities. “It’s a
perfect complement for the Public Transportation Assistance
Program (PCAP) announced on May 2. PCAP gets people to the
building and ACCESS-ability gets them inside.”

Community ACCESS-ability helps municipalities and non-profit
organizations to make public buildings and facilities accessible
to all Nova Scotians. The four-year program will invest $1.2
million in upgrading public places.

Wheelchair ramps and lifts, accessible washrooms and automatic
doors are representative of the types of projects supported by
Community ACCESS-ability in community halls, recreational
facilities, municipal offices and other locations across the
province.

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 is a list of the projects:

Annapolis County
Maitland Bridge Community Hall, Maitland Bridge: $7,113.
Smart Enterprise Centre (WVDA), Cornwallis Park: $10,000.

Cape Breton County
Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 83, Florence: $10,000.
St. Albans Anglican Church Community Hall, Sydney: $10,000.

Colchester County
Brulé Community Centre, Tatamagouche: $5,208.
Colchester-East Hants Regional Library, Truro: $10,000.
Tatamagouche Centre, Tatamagouche: $10,000.

Cumberland County
Amherst Accessible Play Area, Town of Amherst: $10,000.
Order of the Eastern Star, Pugwash: $5,730.
Pythian Sisters Cedar Temple #21, Oxford: $4,519.
Springhill Mining Heritage Society, Springhill: $980.
St. Andrews Wesley United Church, Springhill: $4,362.

Guysborough County
Bickerton Community Centre, Bickerton West: $1,800.
District of St. Mary’s Lion’s Club, Sherbrooke: $2,061.

Halifax County
Camp Victoria, Dartmouth: $10,000.
Dartmouth Waterfront Play Structure, Dartmouth: $10,000.
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish Hall, Rockingham: $5,256.
Porters Lake Community Centre, Porters Lake: $10,000.
Spry Harbour Community Hall, Spry Harbour: $9,088.
St. Anselm’s Parish, West Chezzetcook: $10,000.
St. Stephen’s Church, Halifax: $8,021.

Hants County
Ellerhouse Community Hall, Ellerhouse: $6,571.
Grace United Church, Walton: $610.
IOOF Ypres Lodge #132, Walton: $552.
Riverview United Church/Hall, Elmsdale: $10,000.

Inverness County
Cheticamp Centre for Community Living, Cheticamp: $4,893.
St. Mary’s Parish Hall, Port Hawkesbury: $2,535.
Strait Serenity Club, Port Hawkesbury: $1,522.
Whycocomagh Education Centre, Orangedale: $6,400.

Kings County
Hall’s Harbour Old Schoolhouse (CAP Site), Hall’s Harbour:
$8,859.
Landmark East Academic Centre, Wolfville $10,000.

Lunenburg County
Bridgewater Fire Hall, Lunenburg $10,000.
Lordly Museum and Old Municipal Office $10,000.
New Germany Medical Centre, New Germany $3,444.
Oakhill and District Fire Department, Bridgewater $1,635.
St. Barnabas United Church/Hall, Blue Rocks $1,897.
Trinity United Church, Mahone Bay $10,000.
Western Shore and District Fire Hall, Western Shore $10,000.

Pictou County
Order of the Eastern Star Lodge #1, Pictou $8,991.
Summer Street Industries, New Glasgow $4,000.

Richmond County
Sacred Heart Parish Hall, Johnstown $5,486.

Shelburne County
McKay Memorial Library, Shelburne, $3,544.

Victoria County
Alderwood Rest Home, Baddeck $4,200.
Bay St. Lawrence Community Centre, Dingwall $6,660.

Yarmouth County
Knights of Columbus Meeting Hall, Tusket $4,442.

FOR BROADCAST USE

     Nova Scotia is investing more than 300-thousand dollars in

46 projects to make the province an easier place to live in for

seniors and persons with disabilities.

     Today’s announcement is part of the Community ACCESS-ability

Program, in which the government will invest one-point-two-

million dollars over four years towards ramps, elevators,

accessible washrooms and other additions to public buildings and

recreational facilities.

     The latest contributions bring the province’s investment to

almost 600-thousand dollars in 87 community projects since the

program was introduced in May of last year.

     Municipalities and non-profit organizations receive two

dollars from the province for every dollar they raise, to a

maximum of 10-thousand dollars.

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Contact: Kevin Finch
         Service N.S. and Municipal Relations
         902-424-2733
         E-Mail: finchkh@gov.ns.ca



kjd         May 11, 2001        3:06 P.M.