Children, Seniors and Social Development
July 4, 2018

Minister Dempster Announces Grants for Accessible Taxis

The Provincial Government announced today that five additional accessible taxis will now operate in communities throughout the province through the Accessible Taxi Funding Program and the Age-Friendly Transportation Program. The recipients, who will use the funding to purchase or retrofit their vehicles for accessibility, are Bursey’s Taxi in Conception Bay South, Star Taxi in Corner Brook, Newfound Cabs in St. John’s, Lewisporte Taxi in Lewisporte, and My Taxi Cabs in Bay Roberts.

The Accessible Taxi Program provides a person who uses a mobility device the opportunity to call a cab at a moment's notice without having to plan for transportation in advance. The program provides persons with disabilities the same choices available to others. The Age-Friendly Transportation Program assists incorporated non-governmental organizations, municipal governments, Inuit community governments and/or reserves to explore public and private sector partnerships to create age-friendly transportation models.

Through these programs, the number of locations has expanded to eight communities where accessible taxi services are available. There are now accessible taxis operating in St. John’s, Grand Falls-Windsor, Lewisporte, Whitbourne/Dildo area, Corner Brook, Norris Point/Rocky Harbour, Conception Bay South, and Bay Roberts.

A Call for Submissions for the 2018-19 Accessible Taxi Grants is expected to be opened early this fall.

This initiative delivers on commitments in The Way Forward to deliver better services and better outcomes for residents. The Way Forward outlines all actions the Provincial Government is taking to achieve a strong, diversified province with a high standard of living, and can be viewed at thewayforward.gov.nl.ca.

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“In just three years, we have gone from zero to over 2,000 accessible taxi trips per month. Accessible transportation is absolutely essential to participation and inclusion in society. By breaking down these barriers to inclusion, we are working towards a society that is accessible for all residents of our province.”
Honourable Lisa Dempster
Minister of Children, Seniors and Social Development and Minister Responsible for the Status of Persons with Disabilities

“Being able to access your community is critical in getting people with disabilities out of isolation and free to participate actively and in real time. Accessible transportation is key to fostering community inclusion. The advancements in the taxi industry and the continued investments are essential in making this province accessible. We have seen so much growth in an industry making accessibility a priority and ensuring their drivers are trained in inclusive customer service training from the coalition. This kind of access is a game changer.”
Emily Christy
Executive Director, Coalition of Persons with Disabilities - Newfoundland and Labrador

“Being able to call a taxi at a moment’s notice is something that many people take for granted. With the availability of an accessible taxi, people with disabilities now have achieved equity in accessing taxis in a number of regions of the province.”
Marie Ryan
Chair, Provincial Advisory Committee for the Status of Persons with Disabilities

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Learn More

Accessible Taxi Funding – www.cssd.gov.nl.ca/disabilities/accessible_taxi_program.html

Age-Friendly Transportation Funding – www.cssd.gov.nl.ca/grants/age_friendly_transport.html

Disability Policy Office - www.cssd.gov.nl.ca/disabilities/index.html

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Media contacts
Gina MacArthur
Children, Seniors and Social Development
709-729-3768, 730-2977
ginamacarthur@gov.nl.ca

Emily Christy
Coalition of Persons with Disabilities – Newfoundland and Labrador
709-722-7011
ed@codnl.ca

Marie Ryan
Chair, Provincial Advisory Council for the Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities
709-754-2065 ext. 240, 725-0701

2018 07 04                              11:25 a.m.