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Providing More Opportunities for Active Living and Excellence in Sport

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Providing More Opportunities for Active Living and Excellence in Sport

Ontario Government Supporting Provincial and Multi-sport Organizations

Ontario is helping to get people across the province healthy, physically active and involved in competitive sports.

This year, 19 provincial sport and multi-sport organizations will receive support through Ontario's Sport Priority Funding program. The program will help the organizations coordinate athlete and leadership development sessions, certify coaches, officials and volunteers, host athlete training camps and stage competitions. 

Ontario created the Sport Priority Fund to help:

  • Introduce more people to sport with programs that help develop physical skills and promote active living.
  • Offer recreational sport opportunities that encourage people to have fun, be social and stay healthy.
  • Provide competitive sport opportunities to help athletes improve and measure their performance against others in competition.
Providing more opportunities for people to stay active and keep athletes on top of their game is part of the Ontario government's efforts to create healthy and prosperous communities.

Quick Facts

  • Provincial and multi-sport organizations offer a diverse range of sport programs including basketball, synchronized swimming, hockey, rugby and many others for people of all ages and abilities across the province.
  • There are 85 provincial and multi-sport organizations in Ontario that are eligible to apply for Sport Priority Funding.
  • Sport Priority Funding projects support the goals of the Canadian Sport Policy — a guide for all governments, institutions and organizations committed to realizing the positive impacts of sport on individuals, communities and society.
  • A number of projects receiving funding this year will build capacity and increase excitement about the upcoming 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games by boosting participation in sports that will be featured at the Games.

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“The Ontario government is proud to invest in sport organizations so that they can continue to increase participation and promote excellence in sport. Supporting athletes and coaches across the province is vital to ensuring that they can compete and win at world-class competitions like the upcoming Pan / Parapan American Games in Toronto in 2015.”

Michael Chan

Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport and Minister Responsible for the Pan/Parapan American Games

“We are very appreciative for the SPF grant from the Government of Ontario as it will allow Ontario Basketball to become further engaged in this important development aspect of our sport. The Province continues to recognize the important work our organization is doing with its member clubs and basketball stakeholders for the betterment of the game and the long term development of an active and healthy society in Ontario.”

Ken Urbach

President, Ontario Basketball

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