Funding: Enabling Accessibility

The Enabling Accessibility Fund is a federal Grants and Contributions program that supports capital costs of construction and renovations related to improving physical accessibility and safety for people with disabilities in Canadian communities and workplaces.

From installing automated door openers, constructing a universally designed office or retrofitting a washroom with an accessible toilet, grab bars and taps, the Enabling Accessibility Fund works to enable Canadians with disabilities to participate in their community and the economy.

Since its creation in 2007, the program has funded over 1 400 projects across the country and has improved accessibility for thousands of Canadians. For information on past projects, browse the approved funding projects.

The program includes the following streams:

Application Information

We are not currently accepting applications.


Acknowledgment letter

We acknowledge receipt of your application within 21 calendar days of receiving your application package. This is our timeline under normal conditions, which complies with Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) service standards.

Final decision

The Minister of Employment and Social Development makes the final decision on projects recommended for funding. ESDC will make every effort to process your application in a timely manner. The amount of time it takes to process applications is determined by the volume of applications received. Once a final decision has been made on all applications, ESDC will notify applicants in writing of the review outcome (approval or rejection).

Project start date

Recipients must not start their projects until they receive an ESDC approval letter and an agreement has been signed by an ESDC representative.


If you have any questions about the Enabling Accessibility Fund, contact us.

Inquiries will be answered within five working days of receipt.