Cumberland, Colchester Share in ACCESS-ability Funding

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

May 23, 2003 10:12 AM

Seven community groups in Colchester and Cumberland counties will
receive a total of more than $40,000 to help make their
facilities more accessible to persons with disabilities. The
projects include installing wider doorways, wheelchair accessible
washrooms and building ramps.

The Colchester and Cumberland 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 Truro Centennial Pool will receive almost $3,300 to buy a
ladder that will assist seniors and persons with disabilities to
use the pool.

"This ladder will make our pool better able to serve more of our
community," said Laura Spicer, director of aquatics. "Seniors and
persons with disabilities often can't make full use of recreation
facilities. This project will help bring more of them to their
community pool."

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 Colchester and Cumberland counties are:

-- Earltown Community Centre, Earltown: $1,265 (ramp)
-- Sharon United Church Hall, Tatamagouche: $10,000 (lift)
-- Truro Centennial Pool, Truro: $3,287 (step-in ladder)
-- First Baptist Church Hall, Truro: $10,000 (lift)
-- Cumberland YMCA, Amherst: $2,917 (automatic doors)
-- Brookside Curling Club, River Hebert: $3,170 (ramp)
-- Springhill Library, Springhill: $10,000 (ramp, doorway,
automatic doors)


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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        10:09 A.M.