I am pleased to present to the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 517 Petawawa, with $39,923 through the Enabling Accessibility Fund Program. The funds are going towards retrofitting their main entrance and a barrier free washroom.

Having accessible buildings and facilities ensures that all Canadians have access to services offered in their communities. Thanks to our Conservative Government’s Enabling Accessibility Fund Program, thousands of communities from across Canada are able to received funding to upgrade their facilities and make them accessible for all.

The Branch 517 Legion members were hard at work November 10 trying to have the washroom ready while at the same time preparing for Remembrance Day. Our Veterans will certainly benefit from the efforts of the volunteers working to provide easier access into the Legion.

The Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) supports community-based projects across Canada that improve accessibility, remove barriers, and enable Canadians with disabilities to participate in and contribute to their communities.

The Enabling Accessibility Fund was established in 2008 to help fund small projects in communities across Canada to improve physical accessibility for persons with disabilities. Between 2008 and 2010 the program provided funding to hundreds of accessibility projects across Canada. The EAF was renewed and expanded in the 2010 budget to cover medium-sized projects, which enabled communities to undertake larger retrofit projects and foster partnerships for creating new facilities.

For more information on the Enabling Accessibility Fund and how to apply for funding, please contact my office or visit my website, www.cherylgallant.com.

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