New automatic door makes for easy access at Annapolis Royal Legion

Published on May 6, 2017

Service Officer Constance Bohaker pushes the button to the newly installed automatic door at the Port Royal Legion in Annapolis Royal while West Nova MP Colin Fraser looks on. Left is Ron Bohaker and right is Mike Kayo.

©Lawrence Powell

ANNAPOLIS ROYAL - Patrons of the Port Royal Legion will find it a lot easier to access the building now that an automatic door has been installed.

West Nova MP Colin Fraser tested the door April 26 during a visit to the Legion. It worked fine and those with disabilities simply need to push a hand-size button at the top of the wheelchair ramp and the door will open.

It was one of three recent projects funded through the federal government’s Enabling Accessibility Fund’s Community Accessibility Stream. Fraser visited all three projects to see the results of the funding.

The projects, totaling $21,886 in federal funding included:

-- The Town of Digby, which received $ 12,250 for the construction of a new wheelchair ramp, the installation of automatic doors, and renovations to a washroom at the Town Hall.

-- The Beehive Adult Service Centre in Aylesford, which received $ 6,789 for a stair lift to allow improved access to a classroom on the second floor.

-- The Port Royal Legion Branch 21 in Annapolis Royal, which received $ 2,847 for the installation of the automatic door.

The 2017 federal budget promised $77 million over 10 years to expand the activities of the EAF to support the capital costs of construction and renovation related to improving physical accessibility and safety for Canadians with disabilities in their communities, a media release said.

The EAF’s Community Accessibility Stream provides funding for projects that help improve accessibility and safety through renovations, retrofits, or construction of community facilities and venues so programs and services can be accessed by people with disabilities.

It also includes the provision of information and communication technologies for community use that eliminate systemic accessibility barriers.

“This funding announcement is another example of what the Government of Canada is doing to help Canadians of all abilities to fully participate in and contribute to their workplaces and communities,” said Fraser. “I encourage all eligible businesses and community organizations to join their efforts and make our communities and workplaces more inclusive for all Canadians.”