Erin O’Toole announces funding to improve accessibility for Orono Agricultural Society Facilities

NEWS: Orono, ON: As a result of the Government of Canada’s Enabling Accessibility Fund, the Orono Agricultural Society received funding to renovate washrooms for accessibility, upgrade lighting, and install a concrete floor to make the Orono Fair Grounds more accessible.

Erin O’Toole, the Member of Parliament for Durham, made the announcement on behalf of the Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister for Employment and Social Development, at an evening for fair sponsors ahead of the opening of the Orono Agricultural Fair.

The Harper government introduced the Enabling Accessibility Fund as part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan to ensure that all Canadians have an opportunity to participate and contribute fully in all our society has to offer.

The Orono Agricultural Society received $44,971 from the Government of Canada’s Enabling Accessibility Fund.


“This funding reflects our government’s commitment to infrastructure improvements that will make some of our local facilities more accessible to Canadians with physical disabilities. The Orono Agricultural Fair is a major attraction in Durham and removing barriers to participation will allow more people from our area to enjoy the fair.”
— Erin O’Toole, Member of Parliament, Durham

“I applaud the Orono Agricultural Society for its initiative and commitment to improve accessibility. The government of Canada is proud to partner with the Orono Agricultural Society and other organizations to fund accessibility projects in Durham and across Canada.”
— Erin O’Toole, Member of Parliament, Durham


  • · The Harper government first introduced the Enabling Accessibility Fund through Canada’s Economic Action Plan, 2007 as a three-year, $45 million program to support community-based projects across Canada.
  • · In 2010, the Government extended the fund with an additional three-year, $45 million commitment and the creation of a mid-sized component.
  • · In Economic Action Plan 2013, the Government proposes to extend the Fund on an ongoing basis at $15 million per year to continue to help improve accessibility for people with disabilities.
  • · Government has supported over 1,000 projects to improve accessibility across the country since the first call for proposals was issued in 2008.
  • · All Applications for funding through the Enabling Accessibility Fund’s 2012 call for proposals were screened against mandatory program criteria and for completeness.
  • · Successful projects demonstrated they were able to create or enhance accessibility for people with disabilities within Canada and involve community partnerships.
  • · At least 25% of the total eligible costs for each project will come from sources other than the federal government.

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For further information, or for additional comment from MP O’Toole, please contact:

Sheryl Greenham
Executive Assistant to Erin O’Toole, CD
Member of Parliament —Durham
(905) 697-1699 |

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