The Township of Madawaska Valley is pleased to announce they are the recipients of funding from the Government of Canada’s Enabling Accessibility Fund.
The funding, which amounts to $100,000, will be used to improve access to the Railway Station and Madawaska Valley Public Library in Barry’s Bay with the addition of new ramps at each location, and in the case of the library, a new door. While both have existing ramps, neither meet the requirements set out in Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and the Ontario Building Code, which makes these well-loved, integral facilities inaccessible to many in our community. The Township is dedicated to making all public facilities AODA compliant by 2025, and removing the existing barriers to accessibility and creating safe, effective ways for residents and visitors alike to access buildings. Construction on the projects is estimated to occur in early 2024.
The Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) provides funding for projects that make Canadian communities and workplaces more accessible for persons with disabilities. The Township is thrilled to continue investing in their facilities to ensure all facilities and public spaces are accessible, and this project is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Enabling Accessibility Fund.
Hannah Gutoskie, Recreation and Community Development Coordinator