Province Investing $7.2 Million to Support Healthy and Active Communities
Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund Increasing Opportunities for Ontarians
Ontario is helping to increase opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to get active, stay fit and lead healthier lives.
Through the Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund, the province is investing $7.2 million in 2016-17 to support local, regional and provincial organizations that offer quality programs and services to keep Ontarians active in sport, recreation and physical activity.
Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, was in Tiny, Ontario today to announce that, as part of this fund, the province is providing more than $20,000 to Come Play with Us: Rev Up for Active Gaming in Tiny! This one-year project will encourage approximately 150 adults and seniors in the Township of Tiny and surrounding areas to learn about recreational activities and become more physically active.
This year, the Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund is supporting 129 local, regional and provincial projects. These grants will help people across the province get involved in sport and recreation, improve their physical literacy, and strengthen their communities through coaching, youth development and volunteer development.
Investing in sport, recreation and active living in communities across the province is part of the government's economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, roads, bridges and transit in Ontario's history and is investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.
- Since 2013, the Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund has supported over 360 projects across the province.
- Now in its fourth year, the Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund has invested more than $28.8 million since the program was launched.
- In 2016–17, Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund projects are expected to reach over 220,000 people.
- The Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund supports Game ON – The Ontario Government’s Sport Plan, which aims to make opportunities available for all Ontarians to get involved in organized sport; the Healthy Kids Strategy, which is aimed at reducing childhood obesity; and the Stepping Up Framework, which aims to improve children's health and well-being.
“I’m very excited about the investment our government is making in community programming across Ontario. Through the Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund, we’re supporting our partners at the local, regional and provincial level to effectively promote healthy, active living for people of all ages and abilities. I’m pleased to visit the Township of Tiny to announce that Come Play with Us: Rev Up for Active Gaming in Tiny! will play an important role in this provincewide commitment and I look forward to the positive opportunities that it will bring to residents.”
“The Township of Tiny is a small rural community, and thanks to funding received through the Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund, is able to increase program opportunities for older adults and seniors 65+. The delivery of accessible and affordable sports – pickleball, bocce ball, tennis and shuffleboard – is enabling participants to become more active and providing a foundation for lifelong physical activities, a goal that was identified as a priority in Tiny’s Strategic Plan.”