Media Release – Grant funding to support facility accessibility improvements in Lincoln

Media Release – Grant funding to support facility accessibility improvements in Lincoln

Lincoln, ON – (April 12, 2021) - We are pleased to announce that the Town of Lincoln will receive funding through the Province of Ontario’s Inclusive Community Grant Program. The funding totalling $60,000 was the maximum amount a municipality was able to apply for.

“This is welcome news for Lincoln, and we look forward to making adjustments to our community facilities that will improve accessibility for our residents,” said Town of Lincoln Mayor Sandra Easton. “On behalf of Lincoln Council, I would like the thank the Minister of Seniors and Accessibility and the Provincial government for recognizing the growing need in our community to create more spaces that are inclusive and accessible for everyone.”

“Thank you to Council’s continued support of this important work,” said Charlotte Sheridan, Chair of the Town’s Age-Friendly Advisory Committee. “These upgrades will contribute to the committee’s goal of creating a vibrant, healthy and diverse community where quality of life, inclusivity and living well are supported through all stages of life.”

“Through this funding, we can respond to the emerging needs of older adults and persons with disabilities in our community, in an environment that is rapidly changing,” added the Town’s Chief Administrative Officer Michael Kirkopoulos. “Lincoln is committed to creating more accessible environments for people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds which supports our Community’s Vision Statement – A Place to Grow, A Place to Prosper, A Place to Belong.”

The Province’s Inclusive Community Grant Program funds projects in small urban or rural communities (with a population of less than 30,000) that will make moderate changes to the built environment and public spaces, so that they can become more inclusive and supportive of older adults and people with disabilities.

The Inclusive Community grant is in addition to the $200,000 approved in the 2021 Capital Budget process. The Town has identified 44 accessibility upgrades across 10 municipal facilities that will better enhance use for residents of varying abilities. These include the following visual, audible and physical accessibility enhancements:

  • Visual strobe fire alarm systems at 6 Town facilities
  • Automatic door systems – 8 facilities
  • Accessible parking – lot line painting at 10 Town facilities
  • Barrier-free parking signage at 10 Town facilities
  • Wall-mounted fixtures at 6 Town facilities
  • Service counter upgrades at 2 facilities
  • Ramps and curbs – 1 facility
  • Washroom call station – 1 facility

With the news that the funding has been allocated to the Town of Lincoln, staff are currently developing a plan to incorporate these changes by March 2022.

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For media inquiries, please contact:

Liliana Busnello
Manager of Corporate Communications
Town of Lincoln
Direct: 905-563-2799 ext. 230
Tel: 905-563-8205

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