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Healthy Kids Community Challenge


Healthy Kids Community Challenge

Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

Follow these steps to join the Healthy Kids Community Challenge:

  1. Visit the website, Ontario.ca/healthykids, where you'll find detailed information on the program, eligibility criteria, as well as the template and guidelines for application.
  2. Review the eligibility criteria to be sure you qualify. Communities must have a minimum population of 10,000 and maximum population of 200,000. Aboriginal communities must have a maximum population of 200,000 (no minimum is required). Applicants can choose to define their community based on a specific geographic boundary or by local groups or organizations. Multiple municipalities may apply together in partnership if they do not meet the minimum population.
  3. Review the application and guidelines that apply to your community. There are two application forms:
    • A general application for municipalities
    • An application that Aboriginal Health Access Centres and Ontario's two Aboriginal   Community Health Centres can submit on behalf of the communities they serve.
    You can sign up for an information webinar on completing the application - visit Ontario.ca/healthykids and complete the form with your contact details.
  4. Interested communities are encouraged to partner with schools, health organizations, recreation centres, local businesses and other community organizations to develop an application. There are tools available on the website to help engage organizations in your community, including: an informational brochure, a PowerPoint presentation, and questions and answers. You may also want to contact your Member of Provincial Parliament or consider a local community champion that can help bring other partners to the table.
  5. Each application needs to be approved and submitted by a municipality, an Aboriginal Health Access Centre or an Aboriginal Community Health Centre on behalf of a community. If you'd like to be part of the process, work with your local municipality to submit an application.  
  6. Municipalities, Aboriginal Health Access Centres and Ontario's two Aboriginal Community Health Centres can email completed applications to healthykidscommunitychallenge@ontario.ca.

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