Helping More Kids Stay Healthy and Active After School
Ontario Expanding Sport and Recreation Opportunities for Children and Youth
Ontario is expanding its after school programs to help more kids stay healthy and active.
An additional 650 children and youth will have access to Ontario's After School Program this year at 436 sites across the province. In total, over 20,000 kids will be given the opportunity to get involved in programs that promote sport, active living and healthy lifestyles.
The programs, such as sports, arts and crafts, nutrition, personal health and wellness education programs, are located in schools, community centers or First Nation communities and delivered by non-profit organizations.
Providing more opportunities for kids to stay healthy and active after school is part of the Ontario government's efforts to create strong, vibrant and prosperous communities and help people with their everyday lives.
- The Ontario government is investing $13 million in the After School Program this year.
- Last year, the province invested an additional $2.5 million to expand the program to serve an additional 64 sites in priority neighborhoods, which supports Stepping Up – A Strategic Framework to Help Ontario’s Youth Succeed.
- New sites this school year include various locations across the GTA including York, Peel, Halton and Durham.
- Providing more opportunities for kids to get involved in programs that promote active, healthy living also supports the recommendations of the Healthy Kids Panel Report.
“Our government is committed to providing opportunities for our youngest citizens that will promote healthy habits, active living, esteem-building and inclusion. By strengthening Ontario’s After School Program, we are supporting families in priority neighborhoods across Ontario by increasing the number of safe, healthy places for our children to go after school and the quality of programming and services they can access.”
“This investment builds on our government's efforts to create jobs and provide skills and training to young Ontarians in support of Stepping Up and Ontario’s Youth Strategy. Together, we're building a brighter, more prosperous future for our youth, their families and communities”
“Through its emphasis on sport, recreation and healthy food choices, the After School Program is an important contributor to helping children and youth get off to a good start in life – especially at the start of a new school year. Young people who establish healthy lifestyle patterns at a young age will carry them – and their benefits – forward for the rest of their lives. I commend the young men and women at the Kiwanis Boys’ and Girls’ Club — organizers, program leaders, and students — for their great work as peer models and mentors in making a difference in the lives of the youngsters in our community.”