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

FALL 2017

Call for Nominations - Board of Directors

The Broadcasting Accessibility Fund (the Fund) has a number of Directorships to fill prior to the June 2018 AGM.  Information packages and nomination forms have been circulated to stakeholder groups who are registered with the Fund and eligible to participate in the the Nomination and Election process. If  your organization would like to register with us, please click on Stakeholders for more information.

 

Third Round Grant Awards

The Fund will be announcing the successful Third Round applications to the Fund shortly. Approximately$620,000 in new grant money will be distributed, bringing the total funding commitment through three rounds of funding to just under $2M. Announcements on the new projects, and on the results of projects completed to date, coming soon!

 

Raising Capital for the Fund

The Fund's original capital amount was $5.7M, to be dedicated to grants and limited amount of operational expenses through approximately five years of activity. At the current rate of grants and administrative costs, the Fund will exhaust its current resources in 2020-21. Given the exceptional quality of projects and results to date, the Fund will be launching a Capital Growth Strategy in the near future. Details will be available soon, but suggestions are welcome anytime! Please contact Richard Cavanagh, richard@baf-far.ca.