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 - February 1 to March 24, 2016

We are pleased to announce our second Call for Letters of Intent – Grant Applications to the Fund.

If you intend to apply to the Fund for a Grant, you/your organization must complete a Letter of Intent and submit this to our offices no later than end of day, Thursday, March 24, 2016. Details on what to include in a Letter of Intent, and the kinds of initiatives we’re looking for, can be found at Call for Letters and How to Apply. Potential applicants are expected to review our Mandate and to ensure that the work they intend to do is in line with the Fund’s objectives.

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.

Call for Nominations

The Fund has now issued a Call for Nominations to our Board of Directors. The deadline for nominations is March 24, 2016; ballot distribution and voting will take place in April. Please note that, by registering with the Fund, your organization will be eligible to nominate and vote for a candidate that represents your category of disability and vote for a candidate to serve as an Independent Accessibility Director. If your organization represents the interests of more than one disability then registration will enable you to nominate and vote for a candidate to serve as an Independent Accessibility Director. Please see the Stakeholders page for more information about our registration process and nominations we are currently seeking for the Board of Directors.