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Ontario Boosting Opportunities for Cambridge-area Students to Stay Active and Safe

Province Supporting Student Well-Being in Local Communities

Ontario is investing in programs to keep children and youth in Waterloo Region physically active and to support student well-being.

Kathryn McGarry, MPP for Cambridge announced funding for three projects in Waterloo Region.

“Through this announcement, Ontario is encouraging more students to walk or cycle to and from school, and contributing to their overall health and well-being,” McGarry said.

Projects include:

  • Cambridge School Travel Planning, led by the Student Transportation Services of Waterloo Region
  • Waterloo School Travel Planning, led by the Student Transportation Services of Waterloo Region
  • Kitchener School Travel Planning, led by the Student Transportation Services of Waterloo Region

Funding will be used for initiatives to reducing traffic congestion around schools.

Research shows that physical activity is key to the healthy growth and development of children and youth. It has a positive impact on their physical and mental health, and helps lay the foundation for healthy, productive lives.

Promoting student well-being through physical activity is part of the government's plan to support care, create opportunity and make life more affordable during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes free prescription drugs for everyone under 25, and 65 or over, through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, and free preschool child care from 2 ½ to kindergarten.


  • Ontario is providing $3.5 million over three years to Green Communities Canada for the Ontario Active School Travel project.
  • In phase one of the investment, Green Communities Canada is providing $1.15 million to support 12 projects in all regions of the province; and the proponents include school boards, student transportation consortia, municipalities, non-governmental organizations and public health units.
  • Green Communities Canada will have a second call for proposals in fall 2018.
  • Ontario is also investing up to $800,000 in grants to support 61 projects that encourage physical activity in secondary schools.


Ontario Active School Travel Fund

Physical Activity in Secondary Schools Grants

Promoting Well-Being in Ontario’s Education System

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