Supporting innovative solutions for accessibility to broadcasting content in Canada

Broadcasting Accessibility Fund

As broadcasting content becomes widely available across many platforms – televisions, computers, phones – it is critical to ensure that persons with disabilities are provided with the practical and technical means to access this content.

The Broadcasting Accessibility Fund (the Fund) was established for this purpose.

The first of its kind in the world, the Fund is an independent and impartial funding body that will provide grants for innovative projects that will advance accessibility to broadcasting content in Canada.

The Fund anticipates that project proposals will address a range of accessibility needs, and encourages project submissions from a variety of applicants. Those that propose new technologies and applications are expected to employ inclusive design, which sees accessibility built in at the earliest possible stage of its development.

The Fund will support projects that work to advance accessibility to content across all platforms, and contribute to a model for innovation that will establish Canada as an international leader in broadcasting accessibility.

Our CEO/Funding Officer works in close collaboration with the Board of Directors, and in particular with a Grant Committee of the Board that will review all funding applications and make recommendations to the Board for final approval of projects.

The Fund was created as part of the tangible benefits package associated with BCE’s acquisition of CTVglobemedia. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) approved its creation together with initial funding of $5.7M.

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What's Happening

Call for Letters of Intent – Third Round – February 1 to March 23, 2017

The Broadcasting Accessibility Fund (the Fund) is pleased to issue its third Call for Letters of Intent. This is the first step in the process of applying for a grant from the Fund.

Follow the links How to Apply and Call for Letters. Potential applicants are expected to review our Mandate and to describe how the proposed project or initiative will further the objectives of the Fund.

The deadline for Letters of Intent is March 23, 2017.


Second Round Grant Awards

The Fund has announced that it will award $667,000 in grants to six new, innovative projects designed to advance accessibility to broadcasting content for Canadians with disabilities. These projects were the successful applicants to the Round Two process, and brings the Fund's total current grant commitments to $1.4M. See the details in News Releases