The Canadian Government has introduced several funding grants for small business in Ontario to improve workplace accessibility and hire skilled persons with disabilities. Many of these programs are part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan to help improve the labour market opportunities and conditions for Canadians with disabilities.
Opportunities Fund – Wage Subsidies and Grants for Persons with Disabilities
Opportunities Fund for People with Disabilities provides individuals and local organizations with business funding grants to support unemployed or under-employed people with disabilities. The $30M initiative can be offered through two separate streams:
- Stream 1 – Funding Support For Start-Ups and Entrepreneurs: Eligible candidates will receive government funding support to compensate participants for the costs of living, specialized service, as well as tuition or training to start a successful new venture.
- Stream 2 – Wage Subsidies for Small Business Hiring: Businesses and non-profits can receive up to three years of wage subsidy funding as well as workplace accessibility modifications to accommodate newly hired employees with disabilities.
The Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) provides Ontario grant funding for small business and non-profit organizations with work environments that are inaccessible to employees or clientele with disabilities. The program provides a maximum of $50K in project funding towards building additions and technologies that would remove barriers and improve the persons with disabilities. Eligible projects may include:
- Elevator or lift installation
- Interior or exterior ramp construction
- Modified and automated door openings
- Accessible sinks, counters, and washrooms
- Voice enabled software or other hands-free devices
- Vehicle lift modifications
Find More Canadian Government Grants for New Employee Hiring
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