Federal money doled out for accessibility improvements in North Island

Five Comox Valley organizations among recipients

  • Jan. 23, 2015 6:00 a.m.

On Friday, Honourable John Duncan, Member of Parliament Vancouver Island North MP John Duncan, announced a total of $270,289 in funding to improve access for Canadians with disabilities to programs and services in their community.

Eleven organizations in Vancouver Island North are receiving for projects through the Enabling Accessibility Fund, including the following Comox Comox Valley organizations –

Merville Community Association: Main entrance ramp with railings and eaves – The proposed project will receive $5,000 to retrofit ramp with railings as well as bring to code and add eaves.

Hornby Island New Horizon’s Society: An accessible entrance for New Horizons – The proposed project will receive $36,810 to install automated door openers, a hand railing, levelling the entrance floor, and increase the lighting.

Comox Valley Regional District: Royston Seaside Trail (Marine Drive) – The proposed project will receive $16,348 to render a picnic facility accessible through retrofitting of two tables, constructing an accessible surface and an accessible trail from the parking area.

Denman Health Centre Society: Denman Health Centre disabled parking project – The proposed project will receive $3,080 to allow the paving of a parking lot and a pathway.

Strathcona Wilderness Institute: Strathcona Park, accessibility enhancement project – The proposed project will receive $27,500 for the construction of a new boardwalk and dock, accessible picnic tables, retrofitting a stepped boardwalk and construction of a disabled-access pit-toilet.

Other buildings/organizations to receive funding include

Regional District of Mount Waddington; Campbell River and District Association for Community Living; Campbell River and District Adult Care Society; Strathcona Regional District; City of Campbell River (Tidemark Theatre); Village of Gold River (Municipal Office).