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

Board of Directors Elections - 2016

At the Fund's Annual General meeting held June 2, 2016 the following Directors were elected to the Board:

Allister Byrne, Independent Accessibility Director, re-elected for a 3-year term to 2019 (and also re-appointed as Board Chair to the 2017 AGM)

Max Beck, Accessibility Group Director – Mobility, re-elected for a 3-year term to 2019

Carl MacQuarrie, Broadcasting Industry Director - BDU, elected for a 2-year term to 2018        

David Errington, Broadcasting Industry Director – Broadcasting Industry, re-elected for a 3-year term to 2019

Jim Hardman, Accessibility Group Director – Hearing, elected for a 3-year term to 2019

Congratulations to all! Please see our Board of Directors page for a full list of current Board Members. Many thanks to all those who participated in the 2016 Board nominations and election process.

First Round Grant Awards

The Fund has announced that it will award $723,500 in grants to seven innovative projects designed to advance accessibility to broadcasting content for Canadians with disabilities. The projects represent the first ever selected by the Board of Directors for grant awards. See the details in News Releases