Minister St-Onge announces the first two national recipients of the Sport for All Community Initiative
The investment will help launch accessible local organized sports and remove barriers to participation in sports programs. The full list of national recipient organizations will be announced this summer.
OTTAWA (ON), June 15, 2022 /CNW/ – Removing barriers and increasing sport participation for underrepresented populations is a priority for the government of Canada.
To support organized sport at the community level, the Honorable Pascale St-Onge, Minister of Sports and Minister responsible for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the regions of Quebecand Adam van KoeverdenParliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health and Minister of Sport, today announced the first two national organizations to receive Community Sport for All funding: Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities ($6,858,000) and KidSport Canada ($4,430,000).
Community groups will be invited to submit their proposals to Canadian Tire Jumpstart charities to receive funding for their community projects. Through KidSport Canada’s regular grant program, community sport organizations will receive funds to help families in need pay for the cost of enrolling their children in community sport programs. The funding will be distributed to community groups starting this summer. Proposed activities will address barriers to sport participation, particularly among Black, Indigenous, racialized, 2SLGBTQQIA+, low-income, and newcomer populations as well as people living with disabilities.
It is important to note that Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities and KidSport Canada are the first two national funding recipients to be announced. More opportunities for community groups to apply for funding will soon arise, as all national level grantees will be announced this summer. The role of recipients at the national level is to redistribute funds to community groups.
As announced in Budget 2021, up to $80 million over two years will be distributed across the country. The investment will help launch accessible local organized sports and remove barriers to participation in sports programs.
“Every Canadian should have access to quality sport and physical activity. With today’s announcement of funding for the Community Sport for All Initiative, our government is reaffirming its commitment to building stronger, healthier communities across the country. The transformative power of sport plays an important role in It builds self-esteem and leadership skills and allows people to grow and thrive, physically, emotionally and socially.
—The Honorable Pascale St-Onge, Minister of Sports and Minister responsible for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the regions of Quebec
“Canadians depend on physical activity and recreation for their physical and mental health, sense of community, belonging and enjoyment! But there are too many barriers and obstacles between some Canadians and their favorite activities. We are committed to supporting our neighbors’ pursuit of their healthiest and happiest lifestyles, and these investments support those goals. »
—Adam van Koeverden, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health and Minister of Sport
“The Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities appreciates the incredible support of Sport Canada, which will help us continue to give children across the country equal access to sport and recreation. Through our extensive national network of partners, we already have plans to disperse $1 million of this funding to equity-deserving groups in every province and territory by the end of June. In addition, Jumpstart matches Sport Canada’s investment with $6.8 million of its own funds so that in total we help more than 1,000 organizations and up to 95,000 children. »
—Nadir Patel, Chairman of the Board, Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities
“KidSport Canada is grateful to Sport Canada and the Honorable Pascale St-Onge for recognizing our efforts to break down barriers for children who want to play sports. We envision a Canada where all children have the opportunity to play sports, because we know it promotes their social skills, mental health and physical well-being. The reality is that cost prevents one in three Canadian children from participating in organized sport, especially children from marginalized or remote communities. With 166 chapters across the country, we provide grants to help cover their registration and equipment costs “So all the kids can play!” Funding is available through our KidSport grant program at: kidssportcanada.ca.”
—Greg Ingalls, General Manager, KidSport Canada
The Community Sport for All initiative aims to rebuild and increase sport participation rates, particularly among Black, Indigenous, racialized, 2SLGBTQQIA+, low-income, and newcomer populations, as well as people living with disabilities. Projects will adhere to the following principles:
- Affordable: Projects will be delivered with minimal or no cost to participants.
- Results oriented: Projects will be delivered in a way that increases sport participation and retention of equity-deserving communities and ultimately drives behavior change.
- Focus on organized sport: Although other activities may be included (such as the development of motor skills), the main activity must be an organized sport and must respect safe sports practices.
- Green: The delivery of the projects should produce a minimal or positive environmental impact.
- Accessible: Projects must be tailored to groups deserving equity, but must not be exclusive and can be open to all, and must allow for a wide range of athletic abilities.
- Available: Projects should seek to be delivered in underserved communities and achieve regional diversity.
Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities is a national charitable organization committed to ensuring children in need have equal access to sport and recreation. With an extensive national network of more than 1,000 grantees and 289 local chapters, Jumpstart helps eligible families cover registration, transportation and equipment costs, and provides funding to select organizations for infrastructure and programs. Recreation. Backed by the Canadian Tire family of companies, Jumpstart has provided more than two million opportunities for Canadian children to get involved in play since 2005.
KidSport is a national non-profit organization, with financial support provided by the Government of Canada, which helps remove the financial barriers that prevent children from playing sports by providing assistance with registration fees and sports equipment for children 18 and under. Through a confidential application process, grants are administered by KidSport’s 166 community chapters so they can play a season of organized sport.
SOURCE Canadian Heritage
For further information: For further information (media only), please contact: Ariane Joazard-Bélizaire, Press Attaché, Office of the Minister of Sports and Minister responsible for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, [email protected]; Media Relations, Canadian Heritage, 1-819-994-9101, 1-866-569-6155, [email protected]