Ontario Investing in More Accessible Communities

Applications now open for the 2024-25 EnAbling Change Program

NEWSMay 27, 2024

WHITBY – The Ontario government is investing up to $1.5 million in the EnAbling Change Program this year to support not-for-profits, municipalities, and other organizations across the province that are developing and implementing innovative initiatives to make Ontario accessible to people of all abilities.

“By working together with businesses, organizations and communities, we can build a stronger and more accessible Ontario,” said Raymond Cho, Minister for Seniors and Accessibility. “The EnAbling Change Program allows organizations to develop tailored supports ensure Ontario is open and inclusive to everyone.”

Applications for the 2024-25 EnAbling Change Program are open now until June 27, 2024. Eligible projects can include those that increase the accessibility of community programs and services, as well as online initiatives, educational tools, and public outreach programs that help communities and businesses understand the benefits of accessibility and inclusion.

“Ontario’s EnAbling Change Program is an opportunity to remove barriers so that people with varying abilities can fully take part in all aspects of everyday life,” said Lorne Coe, MPP for Whitby and Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier. “Together, we can contribute to positive changes that will improve accessibility for Whitby residents and other parts of the Region of Durham.”

Examples of projects in Whitby that are currently funded through the 2023-24 program include:

  • ODEN – Centre of Excellence is receiving $140,925 for their The Beyond AODA Compliance – Disability Inclusive Hiring project, that will assist the ODEN-Centre of Excellence to engage with key stakeholders to identify barriers, develop education and awareness resources across all stages of employment and will also utilize existing research to help create tools that will increase business outcomes, market share, customer and employee experiences, all by shifting towards a culture of accessibility and inclusion.

The Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility’s Age-friendly and accessibility grants web page has information on how to apply for the 2024-25 EnAbling Change Program.

“The impact of the awareness and education resulting from this project will be so valuable,” said Jeannette Campbell, CEO of the Ontario Disability Employment Network (ODEN). “Businesses across the province will become more aware and confident in their disability inclusive employment practices. Employers will better understand the business case for creating a culture of accessibility to improve customer and employee experiences. Ultimately, this project will benefit all Ontarians who have a disability, as well as businesses in Ontario.”


  • The EnAbling Change Program started in 1999 and has supported more than 230 projects across Ontario. It provides funding to municipalities, not-for-profit, industry and professional associations across a range of sectors.


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MEDIA CONTACTS:   Eric Hutchins, Office Manager, Lorne Coe MPP Whitby: Lorne.coeco@pc.ola.org 905-430-1141