Chimo and Chabad receive federal funding to boost accessibility

Richmond’s Chimo Community Services and Chabad have received federal funding to improve accessibility services, the Canadian government announced on Thursday.

Kirsty Duncan, science minister and minister of sport and persons with disability stated that Chimo Community Services has been given $2,795 to fund an automatic door opening system in an effort to make its office entrance accessible.

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Chabad of Richmond, the city’s Jewish centre, has received $3,020 to replace its old stair lift with a newer system.

"Canada is at its best and all of society benefits when everyone is included. The Enabling Accessibility Fund is one of the measures that exist to ensure people with disabilities have opportunities to participate on an equal basis,” Duncan said in a press release. “Through this funding and partnerships with organizations like Chimo Community Services and Chabad of Richmond, we are working to build a more inclusive and accessible Canada."

All funding has come through the federal Enabling Accessibility Fund which was established in 2007 to help organizations improve their accessibility. Since its implementation, over 3,000 projects have been funded across the country.

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