Enabling Accessibility Fund

Funds boost accessibility at Peterborough retirement home

Peterborough-Kawartha MP Maryam Monsef chats with community representatives after revealing that 11 local groups were successful in applying for funding through the Enabling Accessibility Fund during an announcement at St. Joseph’s at Fleming on Monday, April 9, 2018 in Peterborough, Ont. The long-term care facility was among the recipients.

John Gray of the St. Joseph’s at Fleming resident council is looking forward to being able to go from balcony to balcony to take care of his dear plants, thanks to funding from the federal Enabling Accessibility Fund revealed Monday.

“We are all very excited for this breath of fresh air,” he said after Peterborough-Kawartha MP Maryam Monsef announced the long-term-care facility was one of 11 groups in the riding that will share in $357,364 for accessibility projects.

Gray, who uses a wheelchair, said the $49,868 grant will allow St. Joseph’s to install automatic door openers and renovate doorways to provide residents independent access to balconies and courtyards, for example.

A group of residents began advocating in 2016 for better access to the outdoors soon found out how cost-prohibitive retrofits would be, he said. St. Joseph’s applied for the funding and in February, learned their request was approved.

“Our dreams were soon to become reality,” Gray said.

– Jason Bain, Jason Bain/The Examiner