(Dec. 17/17): Small businesses in Nova Scotia can apply for additional funding to provide greater accessibility for customers and employees as part of the government’s commitment for a more inclusive province.

On December 1, the Nova Scotia government announced a $1 million grant for the Small Business ACCESS-Ability Program in support of Bill 59, the Accessibility Act.

Restaurants Canada was a member of the government advisory committee throughout the bill’s creation and passing. We are pleased that this funding announcement will help Nova Scotia’s foodservice industry become more accessible for all.

The program will provide funding to eligible businesses for improvements in information and communication, including accessible signage, renovations for ramps, accessible washrooms and door openers, education and training, and assistive devices for disabled employees and customers.

The government will pay up to two-thirds of the capped amount for each approved project:

Built Environment: ($50,000 cap)

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

Accessible Communications Services: ($30,000 cap)

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

Assistive Devices: ($30,000 cap)

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

Accessibility Training: ($40,000 cap)

Provide 100 per cent of funding dollars for the Rick Hansen Foundation certification training.

For more information, applications and guidelines, visit the Nova Scotia department of Communities, Culture and Heritage’s website.


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