Accessibility

ArtsBuild Ontario is dedicated to supporting our organizations in creating accessible and inclusive spaces for all. We are committed to providing up-to-date learning opportunities and resources around ways to fund and finance projects to implement and improve accessibility standards in your facilities.

According to the Ontario legislation, non-profit arts organizations must make new or redeveloped public spaces accessible by January 1, 2018. We will include further compliance requirements for existing buildings as the legislation becomes available.

CAPITAL GRANTS

Enabling Accessibility Fund

Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) is a federal Grants and Contributions program that supports capital costs of construction and renovations related to improving physical accessibility and safety for people with disabilities in Canadian communities and workplaces. Read more.

ArtsBuild Ontario is happy to see the 2017 Federal Budget has announced further investment in this fund.

The Enabling Accessibility Fund is not currently accepting applications.

Canada Cultural Spaces Fund (CCSF)

The Canada Cultural Spaces Fund is a matching federal grant. The fund support the improvement, renovation and construction of arts and heritage facilities, as well as the acquisition of specialized equipment.

The grant supports projects that include accessibility improvements as well as projects that impact audience accessibility, including disability access.

Those eligible to apply include: not for profit arts and heritage organizations, incorporated under the Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act, Part II of the Canada Corporations Act or under corresponding provincial or territorial legislation; provincial/territorial governments, municipal or regional governments and their agencies; and Aboriginal people’s institutions or organizations.

CCSF receives applications on an ongoing basis.

Ontario Trillium Foundation Capital Grants (OTF)

The Capital Investment Stream from the Ontario Trillium Foundation is for capital-specific projects that align with one of more of the OTF Priority Outcomes and its related Grant Result. All supported capital-specific projects must achieve measured impact in their community.

Types of projects funded include buying and installing equipment, doing renovations, installations and repairs, building structures or spaces and making better use of technological resources.

The new capital stream deadline is October 25, 2017 at 5 PM. 

Culture Build Investment Program (Toronto) 

The Culture Build Investment Program is a municipal grant offered by the City of Toronto. The Culture Build Investment Program provides matching funds to assist the City’s not-for-profit cultural sector with funding for state-of-good-repair and minor capital projects for their facilities.

Organizations that are eligible to apply need to be:

  • Incorporated as a not-for-profit organization;
  • located in the City of Toronto;
  • have been in existence for a minimum of three years;
  • own the facility or have at least five years remaining on their current lease at the time of applying to the program;
  • and are not City-owned facilities.

The Culture Build Investment Program is not currently accepting applications.

OTHER ACCESSIBILITY GRANTS

Enabling Change Program 2017/18

The Enabling Change Program is a provincial initiative through the Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure. Through the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario, the program provides financial support and expertise to incorporated non-profit organizations, such as industry umbrella organizations and professional associations that have wide reach to help organizations comply with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).

The program funds a limited number of projects, such as targeted education campaigns across a sector or industry to promote or distribute existing accessibility tools and resources. This program does not provide:

  • Funding for building renovations such as ramps, lifts or elevators;
  • Funding to directly cover the cost of meeting AODA requirements;
  • Funding to directly cover the cost of workplace accommodations, wage subsidies, or placement programs for people with disabilities.

Find 2017/18 Program priorities here.

The deadline to apply to the Enabling Change Program has passed.

Abilities Connect Fund

The Abilities Connect Fund is available through the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and creates a more integrated Ontario labour market and improves the career trajectory of persons with disabilities. They have two streams:

Valuing Ability Employment

Assists employers in hiring and training persons with a disability, and;

Valuing Ability Workplace Solutions

Funds the purchased of technologies, assistive devices and training to support employees with disabilities. Employers are eligible for up to $3000.00 to purchase devices or necessary training.

RESOURCES

Accessibility Ontario provides training and consulting services to nonprofits, businesses and municipalities in Ontario to help them understand and comply with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (2005). They have helped thousands of organizations successfully incorporate the upcoming standard requirements into their organizations.

  • Accessibility Ontario’s offerings here: accessontario.com
  • Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation Guidelines available here.
  • See our event calendar for accessibility and other training opportunities.

WEBINARS

Ontario Nonprofit Network’s AODA Refresher for Nonprofits webinars. In Fall 2015, Ontario Nonprofit Network hosted a webinar series that reviewed key components of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). Watch the webinars here.

Accessibility Ontario offers ongoing webinars to implement accessibility best practices. Visit our events calendar to see upcoming webinars.

LINKS

Accessibility Ontario
StopGap Foundation
AccessTO
AccessNow
AccessForward
Tangled Art + Disability