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Grants Awarded for Accessible Taxi Funding Program





Children, Seniors and Social Development
March 17, 2017

Grants Awarded for Accessible Taxi Funding Program

In Corner Brook today, the Provincial Government announced two grants valued at $25,000 each as part of the 2016-17 Accessible Taxi Funding Program. The recipients, who will use the funding to purchase or retrofit their vehicles for accessibility, are Pittman’s Taxi in Norris Point and Star Taxi in Corner Brook.

The Accessible Taxi Program provides a person who uses a mobility device the opportunity to call a cab at a moment’s notice without having to plan for transportation in advance. The program provides persons with disabilities the same choices available to others.

The program has been very successful to date and accessible taxi services are continuing to grow throughout the province. In addition to the grants announced today, five grants were previously awarded to taxi companies including three in St. John’s, one in Dildo and one in Grand Falls Windsor.

Quotes
“Our government recognizes that transportation is essential to participate in society. This program provides taxi companies with assistance to add or retrofit vehicles for accessibility so individuals using mobility devices can avail of taxi services. We are pleased to support this program that enhances accessible transportation and removes barriers to inclusion.”
Honourable Sherry Gambin-Walsh
Minister of Children, Seniors and Social Development and Minister Responsible for the Status of Persons with Disabilities

“As MHA for Corner Brook I am very pleased to have a taxi company in this city awarded an accessible taxi grant. Accessible transportation is a must in today’s society and I am very proud of our government’s continued efforts to expand accessible transportation throughout the province.”
Honourable Gerry Byrne
Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour and MHA for Corner Brook

“Enhancing access to more urban and rural areas through this program makes a positive difference in the lives of people with disabilities in the province and allows for more inclusive communities and personal independence.”
Emily Christy
Executive Director, Coalition of Persons with Disabilities – Newfoundland and Labrador

“It is very exciting times when more inclusive services come to communities outside the metro area. I am looking forward to having similar services available in Corner Brook. It can be a challenge to get around town, and with more accessible services available I can get around easier and on my own schedule; that’s what independence is all about.”
Jamie MacDonald
Accessible taxi user

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Learn more
Accessible Vehicle Funding – www.cssd.gov.nl.ca/disabilities/accessible_vehicle_funding.html

Grant Proposal Submissions Invited for Accessible Taxi Program – www.releases.gov.nl.ca/releases/2016/swsd/0720n01.aspx

Coalition of Persons with Disabilities – codnl.ca/

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Media contacts:
Krista Dalton
Children, Seniors and Social Development
709-729-3768, 685-6492
kristadalton@gov.nl.ca

Ryan Crocker
Advanced Education, Skills and Labour
709-729-1795, 725-9595
ryancrocker@gov.nl.ca

Emily Christy
Coalition of Persons with Disabilities – Newfoundland and Labrador
709-722-7011
ed@codnl.ca

2017 03 17                              10:25 a.m.





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