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Government Proposals to Support People with Disabilities in Canada

  • Published: 2012-06-24 : Human Resources and Skills Development Canada.
  • Synopsis: Applying for funding for projects that support Government commitments under United Nations Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities

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Government of Canada Launches Call for Proposals to Support People With Disabilities.

The Honorable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, today invited not-for-profit organizations to apply for funding for projects that support the Government's commitments under the United Nations (UN) Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

"The Government of Canada's ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2010 underscored our commitment to remove obstacles and create opportunities for persons with disabilities," said Minister Finley. "This call for proposals provides us with an opportunity to further demonstrate that commitment by supporting not-for-profit organizations in their efforts to strengthen the social and economic inclusion of Canadians with disabilities."

Selected projects will focus on one or more of the following four priorities: active living, accessibility, vulnerable populations and increasing awareness of disability-related issues. Organizations can receive up to $250,000 per year for up to three years. Successful not-for-profit organizations will be required to secure at least 10 percent of total eligible project costs from non-federal government sources. Organizations can submit proposals until August 17, 2012.

Through the Social Development Partnerships Program - Disability Component (SDPP-D), the Government provides $11 million annually in support of a wide range of community-based projects designed to improve social inclusion and tackle barriers faced by people with disabilities. For more information on the SDPP-D and how to apply for this call for proposals, visit

Social Development Partnerships Program - Disability Component

2012 Call for Proposals

Four priorities are promoted through this call for proposals and successful projects must address one or more of these priorities:

  • Active living : Projects that promote active living and greater social inclusion of people with disabilities in their communities will be considered for funding. Projects should promote, support and enable Canadians with disabilities to lead active, healthy lives.
  • Accessibility : Technology is changing quickly and this has an impact on the way people with disabilities communicate with one another and the world. Projects that are designed to improve accessibility for people with disabilities through information sharing, communications and service delivery will be considered for funding.
  • Vulnerable populations : Projects that support the greater social and economic inclusion of vulnerable people with disabilities (including, but not limited to, women and children) in Canadian society will be considered for funding.
  • Increasing awareness of disability-related issues : Projects that create partnerships with various sectors to increase awareness of disability-related issues will be considered for funding. Successful projects must also demonstrate a clear strategy to measure results and outcomes as they relate to increasing awareness.

Funding is available for projects that support any of these four priorities; however, preference will be given to proposals that focus on active living, accessibility and vulnerable populations. Overall, recipients will be required to demonstrate clear linkages to the priorities, strong partnerships and an approach to measure and report on project outcomes.

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