Halifax County Shares in ACCESS-ability Funding

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

May 23, 2003 9:59 AM

Seven community groups in Halifax County will receive a total of
more than $46,000 to help make their facilities more accessible
to persons with disabilities. The projects include installing
wider doorways, wheelchair accessible washrooms and building
ramps.

The Halifax County projects are among 41 projects worth a total
of $260,000 announced today, May 23, 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 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."

The Musquodoboit Harbour Volunteer Fire Department Ladies
Auxiliary will receive $10,000 to install a wheelchair lift at
the fire hall.

"This project will open access to the fire hall for more of our
community," said Audrey Williams, president of the auxiliary.
"We take great pride in serving our community, and this project
will help us extend that service to more seniors and residents
with disabilities."

Community ACCESS-ability helps municipalities and non-profit
organizations to 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 Community ACCESS-ability 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. 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.

The projects approved in Halifax County are:

-- Kiwanis Park, Cole Harbour: $4,365 (accessible swimming dock)
-- Dartmouth Sportsplex, Dartmouth: $5,840 (automatic doors)
-- St. John's Anglican Church Hall, Westphal: $1,831 (ramp)
-- Fairview United Church Hall, Halifax: $10,000 (lift)
-- Harbour Lites New Horizon Club, Musquodoboit Harbour: $5,591
(ramp, washroom)
-- Musquodoboit Harbour Volunteer Fire Hall, Musquodoboit
Harbour: $10,000 (lift)
-- West Chezzetcook Museum/Community Centre, West Chezzetcook:
$9,423 (washroom)


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     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.

amc         May 23, 2003        9:57 A.M.