03 Dec Improving Accessibility for Communities Across Nova Scotia
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.
We are encouraged to see community groups and municipalities across Nova Scotia investing in capital improvements to improve accessibility at community and municipal facilities.
Today, Hants West MLA Chuck Porter announced 58 community projects will receive $434,094 from the Community ACCESS-Ability program through the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage.
“These facilities are often the centre of our communities,” said Mr. Porter. “I would like to thank our grant recipients for their leadership in this initiative and for helping move our province to being accessible by 2030.”
Program funding is available to non-profit community groups and municipalities to remove barriers for persons with disabilities in public buildings and spaces.
St. Thomas Church Sisters Guild of Three Mile Plains, Hants Co. was successful in receiving a $6,663 grant to make their kitchen more accessible.
“Quality of life in small town and rural Nova Scotia depends on local facilities and local service organizations,” said Archdeacon Tom Henderson, St. Thomas Anglican Church. “Improvements to access are necessary to make facilities user- friendly to aging and physically challenged individuals. We are grateful to government for helping us better reach the needs of our local community.”
“Community and municipal buildings serve as gathering places and host countless community events every year, said Gerry Post, executive director, Accessibility Directorate, Government of Nova Scotia. “By removing barriers to accessibility, persons with disabilities will have the same opportunities to participate and contribute to the communities they live in.”