EnAbling Change Program
Learn how to get funding to spread awareness about accessibility and help make Ontario more open to people of all abilities.
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The EnAbling Change Program provides funding to not-for-profit organizations, industry organizations and professional associations to:
- educate their stakeholders about the value and benefits of accessibility
- help support compliance with accessibility laws
- promote a culture of inclusion
Types of projects
Some examples of projects that could receive funding may involve:
- customized educational tools and resources about accessibility and inclusion in your sector
- promoting accessibility in daily living
- encouraging regulatory compliance
- public outreach programs and initiatives
How to apply
The application period for the EnAbling Change Program is closed.
If you have general questions about the EnAbling Change Program, please contact your Regional Development Advisor.
2022 to 2023
|Reimagine to Succeed — Bringing Diversity to Tourism & Hospitality
|This project will enable the Ontario Tourism Education Corporation to deliver an employer awareness campaign, develop and support use of a sector-specific toolkit about inclusive recruitment and hiring, and provide sector leaders with disability awareness training.
|Ontario Tourism Education Corporation
|Up to $150,000
|EnAbling Change for Retailers — Creating an Inclusive Culture within the Retail Store
|This project will help retailers across Ontario create more inclusive employment practices and businesses, and will include a customer service guide and mental health webinar series.
|Retail Council of Canada
|Up to $119,800
|Start the Conversation AODA 2025
|This program will provide small businesses in the retail and hospitality sectors with guidance about Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) compliance. It will include guides and workshops that cover areas such as accessible customer service, digital accessibility and the design of public spaces.
|Breaking Down Barriers An Independent Living Centre Inc.
|Up to $119,125
|This project will help people with disabilities access equitable employment opportunities and employers support inclusive employment.
|Peel Career Assessment Services Inc.
|Up to $150,000
|EnAbling Change in Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board
|This project will include the delivery of a series of live family and staff workshops, professional development follow-up sessions, updates and revisions to the board’s Special Education Plan, Individual Education Plan Guide and Alternative Report Card. People with disabilities will be included in planning stages and a summary report will be provided to stakeholders to drive a culture of respect and dignity.
|Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board
|Up to $36,750
|CNIB Kids — Inclusive and Accessible Education in Ontario
|This project will recruit and train 10 education ambassadors to build relationships with schools and educators. Fully accessible presentations will be made in schools across Ontario and will provide accessibility and sight loss education, and challenge stigmas.
|Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB)
|Up to $116,438
|Accessibility at the Festival — Celebrating Inclusion and Diversity
|This project will help event organizers plan, assess and deliver accessible events. It includes workshops and webinars to support full inclusion, as well as a festival planning guide, checklists and resources on customer service and information and communications standards.
|Carassauga Festival Inc.
|Up to $16,450
|Driving Toward InclusiON — changing attitudes and increasing opportunities for everybody in the sport of golf
|This project will connect people with disabilities to ParaGolf Ontario and its network of ambassadors, professional instructors and coaches to build a culture of respect and inclusion. The program features new teaching guidelines, coach and ambassador training, and golf events for all abilities.
|Up to $104,516