Ottawa: Many Canadians with disabilities still face barriers to fully participating in the digital economy. The Government of Canada continues to push the envelope to find new and innovative ways of helping remove barriers to accessibility and inclusion.
François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, hA launched the second phase of the Accessible Technology Program (ATP) and highlighted a $5.8 million federal investment in the program. The ATP is seeking applications for projects to develop new assistive and adaptive digital devices and technologies to make it easier for Canadians with disabilities to participate fully in the digital economy.
The current level of support for the development of accessible technologies is insufficient. While mainstream technologies typically decrease in price and become more readily available, the opposite is true for assistive and adaptive devices, since they must be customized to the unique needs of their users.
The ATP will help overcome these barriers, reduce the costs associated with developing assistive and adaptive technologies, and address the employment challenges persons with disabilities face. This will help ensure that they can be more independent and get the well-paying middle-class jobs they want. This program is part of the Government of Canada’s Innovation and Skills Plan, a multi-year strategy to create well-paying jobs for the middle class.
All Canadian organizations that are developing new assistive and adaptive digital devices and technologies are invited to verify their eligibility for the program and submit an application on the ATP website.
The deadline to submit an application is December 9, 2022, at 11:59:59 pm (ET). If you have any questions about the program, please visit the Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada Contact Centre web page.
François-Philippe Champagne said: “Being connected is important to maintain professional, social, economic and cultural networks within the digital economy. However, many Canadians are still facing barriers preventing their full participation in the economy. This is why our government is investing in the Accessible Technology Program to help empower Canadians with disabilities. By working with great organizations across the country, we are increasing accessibility and helping Canadians with disabilities access high-quality assistive and essential equipment to ultimately increase their quality of life.”
• The Accessible Technology Program is part of the Government of Canada’s Innovation and Skills Plan, a multi-year strategy to create well-paying jobs for the middle class.
• The Accessible Canada Act was tabled in Parliament on June 20, 2018. It received royal assent on June 21, 2019, and came into force on July 11, 2019.
• In its first phase, the ATP provided a total of $18.9 M in funding. Through its initial investment, the program supported 28 projects with 24 recipients, resulting in the development of over 28 technologies. More than 10 of these new technologies are now commercially available to Canadians.
• Applicants must be a Canadian legal entity, including for-profit organizations, not-for-profit organizations, and research institutes.
• Applications are being accepted until December 9, 2022, at 11:59:59 pm (ET).