41 Groups Share Community ACCESS-ability Funding

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

May 23, 2003 9:54 AM

The Nova Scotia government announced today, May 23, that 41
projects worth a total of $260,000 have been approved under the
Community ACCESS-ability program. The program helps community
groups make public buildings and other facilities more accessible
for Nova Scotians with disabilities.

This brings the number of approved projects to 181 and the total
investment to about $1.1 million since the program was announced
in May 2000.

"These projects are vital to enable Nova Scotians with
disabilities to fully participate in their communities," said
Peter Christie, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal
Relations. "The community organizations we are supporting are
helping to make Nova Scotia a more inclusive province and we are
proud to work with them."

Community ACCESS-ability helps municipalities and non-profit
organizations make public buildings and facilities accessible to
all Nova Scotians. Wheelchair ramps and lifts, accessible
washrooms and automatic doors are the types of projects supported
by the program in community halls, recreational facilities,
municipal offices and other locations across the province.

Under the program, the province contributes $2 for every dollar
raised by the project sponsor, to a maximum of $10,000. 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.


FOR BROADCAST USE:

     The province is investing more than 260-thousand dollars in

41 projects to make Nova Scotia facilities more accessible to

persons with disabilities.

      Under the Community ACCESS-ability program the government

helps community groups add ramps, elevators, accessible washrooms

and other additions to public buildings and recreational

facilities.

     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: Karen Ramsland
         Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations
         902-424-7798
         E-mail: kramslan@gov.ns.ca

NOTE: Questions about specific projects should be directed to the
appropriate organization.

kjd         May 23, 2003        9:51 A.M.