News release

Organizations Receive Funds to Improve Accessibility

The province continues to improve access for persons with disabilities with investments in 14 community facilities and venues.

The Community ACCESS-ability Program is providing almost $100,000 for accessibility-related capital improvements such as renovations, installations and equipment.

"This program helps non-profit community organizations and groups make their facilities more accessible," said John MacDonell, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. "By removing barriers and making public spaces and buildings more accessible, government is helping to make life better for Nova Scotians with disabilities."

Through this program, government provides municipalities and community organizations with grants for up to two thirds of the cost of renovations and equipment, to a maximum of $10,000. The applicant covers the other third of cost.

"Improving a community playground to make it accessible to disabled children is a huge undertaking," said Peter Jeffery, president, Enfield/Elmsdale District Lion's Club. "We're deeply grateful for this funding and excited to build a playground where all our children can have fun."

A list of approved projects can be found at www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr/muns/infr/access/access.asp .

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The province is continuing to improve access for persons with disabilities.

Through the Community ACCESS-ability Program, the province is providing almost 100-thousand dollars to accessibility-related capital improvement projects in 14 communities.

Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations Minister John MacDonell says government is helping to make life better for Nova Scotians with disabilities by removing barriers and making public spaces and buildings more accessible.

A complete list of projects can be found on the Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations website.

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