01 Dec An Accessible Province for All Nova Scotians
As Liberals, we are continuing to try and find ways to help create a more inclusive and accessible province. With approximately one in five Nova Scotians identifying as having a disability, we believe we all want a province where there are no limitations to anyone in society.
Earlier this year, we took an important first step to create and pass our province’s first ever Accessibility Act.
This act was needed because every Nova Scotian should have the opportunity to work, live and contribute to our vibrant communities.
That begins by making our province more accessible and reducing barriers for people with disabilities.
Today, we are pleased to announce in support of the Accessibility Act and to accelerate the availability of accessible spaces and buildings, we are launching a new funding program to help businesses become more accessible.
The one-million-dollar Small Business ACCESS-Ability Program will provide funds for cost-shared grants to small businesses for accessibility related improvements.
Funding is now available to business owners in five areas that will help them become more accessible:
- The built environment which includes work such as ramps, accessible washrooms and door openers
- Accessible communication services such as web design and accessible signage
- Assistive devices
- Accessible transportation
- Education and training, which includes the Rick Hansen Foundation certification training.
Your Liberal government will pay two-thirds of the project costs up to the capped amount and 100 per cent for the Rick Hansen Foundation certification training.
Promoting a more inclusive and accessible province is a vital part of government’s culture strategy, Nova Scotia’s Culture Action Plan. The Small Business ACCESS-Ability Program is in addition to the Community ACCESS-Ability Program which already provides $1 million per year to local community organizations.
Everyone has a role to play in making our province more accessible and it is encouraging to see the business leadership to help reduce barriers for persons with disabilities and provide more employment opportunities.
Your Liberal government believes an accessible province is good for everyone. Together, we’re making small changes that will make a big difference.