Accessibility

The Nova Scotia Government has set a goal to be fully accessible by 2030 under the Accessibility Act, passed April 27, 2017.

Portrait of an employee of the Shanty Café in Yarmouth who is featured as a Change Maker.
The Shanty Café is a Social Enterprise. The parent company is the Yarmouth Association for Community Residential Options (YACRO).
The mandate is to provide meaningful employment to individuals who face barriers to employment as a result of disability, mental illness, age, language, literacy, etc.
photo: Len Wagg 2016

To help meet this goal, the Nova Scotia Government has introduced a Business ACCESS-Ability Grant Program through which businesses can apply for a cost-shared grant to make accessibility related improvements.  Improvements can be for clients and customers, for employees, or both.

There are Five Categories of funding:

– BUILT ENVIRONMENT:

Removing physical barriers for persons to access business services, by installing ramps, accessible washrooms, door openers, and other projects.

– ACCESSIBLE COMMUNICATIONS SERVICES:

Ensuring that all customers, clients, and employees can access information related to a business.

– ASSISTIVE DEVICES:

Ensuring that employees and consumers who are persons with disabilities have the devices they need to effectively do their jobs and access places of business.

– UNIVERSAL DESIGN CAPACITY BUILDING:

Training in the field of Universal Design, both for technical services professionals and for persons with disabilities wishing to better understand its value.

– ACCESSIBLE TRANSPORTATION:

Providing support for businesses to improve access to transportation services.

 

For more information visit: https://cch.novascotia.ca/business-access-ability-grant-program

Or contact:

Wayne Matheson

Wayne.matheson@novascotia.ca
(902) 424-4408 t
(902) 424-0710 f

1741 Brunswick St., 3rd Floor
P. O. Box 456, STN Central
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Canada  B3J 2R5