Ottawa invests in accessibility
The federal government is providing $14.2 million in funding for projects that improve accessibility. A total of 297 projects across the country are receiving funding of up to $75,000 under the Enabling Accessibility Fund. The money will be used for various projects, such as building ramps, accessible washrooms and installing automated door openers, lifts and elevators. Funding is available to non-profit organizations, small employers (less than 50 employees and under $5 million in revenue), colleges, universities and some governments.
Feedback sought on helicopter crash report
The Transportation Safety Board is seeking feedback on its report on the crash of a helicopter that was ferrying workers to an oil platform off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador. On March 12, 2009, Cougar Flight 491 went down with 18 people on board — only one survived. The report made a number of recommendations, including grounding flights over seas too rough for a survivable emergency landing. Members of the public have until April 15 to make written submissions to the inquiry.
New PNP streams in P.E.I.
Prince Edward Island has introduced new streams to its provincial nominee program (PNP). The revamped PNP includes a business impact category with three streams (100-per-cent ownership, partial ownership and work permit) and a labour impact category with four streams (skilled worker, critical worker, international graduate and family connection). Priority will be given to people wanting to own and operate businesses in the province’s primary industries or in its “four pillar sectors” — aerospace, bioscience, renewable energy and IT.
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