The Municipality of Brighton has received a boost aimed at helping it move towards creating a more accessible community.
Brighton received funding through the Accessibility Fund (AEF). The EAF funds projects that make Canadian communities and workplaces more accessible to people with disabilities.
Brighton will upgrade an exterior gate that provides access to the civic center as it currently does not meet the standards of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.
As a result of the pandemic, the municipality has made changes to assist with physical distancing protocols and to ensure the safety of library staff, municipal staff and residents by directing the public to the Dundas Street gate to access to the building at 35 Alice Street. Unfortunately, this entrance does not meet accessibility requirements, the municipality noted.
“The Municipality is extremely pleased to receive this grant,” said Mayor of the Municipality of Brighton, Brian Ostrander.
“This will help us make the civic center easier to access for the citizens of Brighton.”
Through this initiative, Brighton hopes to improve its service delivery to appropriately accommodate people with disabilities. The funding will also help the municipality improve navigation inside the building by adding accessible door operators on two doors located in a high-traffic area of the center.
The EAF aims to create more opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in community activities, programs and services and/or to access employment.