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  • April 29, 2018

Ontario Helping Children and Seniors Stay Active in Cambridge

Province Investing in Local Sport and Recreation Programs

Ontario is creating more opportunities for children and seniors stay active by boosting sport and recreation programming in Cambridge.

This year, the province is supporting 127 sport and recreation projects through the Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund and its new Active for Life Recreation stream aimed at getting seniors moving.

Skate Cambridge will receive $73,028 for an intergenerational and multi-cultural program encouraging families to become active through the Skate Cambridge program. Over 2,400 participants are expected join the program. As well, it will train 32 staff.

The fund supports one or two-year projects that will increase opportunities for people of all ages to become more active, by helping them learn new skills and encouraging lifelong physical activity.

“Congratulations to Skate Cambridge, which helps keep our citizens active and engaged. This new funding will continue our community’s legacy of fit and vibrant residents who make Cambridge a great place to live," said Kathryn McGarry, MPP Cambridge .

Ontario's plan to support care, create opportunity and make life more affordable during this period of rapid economic change 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.

QUICK FACTS

  • In 2016–17, Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund projects supported more than 220,000 people.  
  • The government has provided more than $43 million in funding through the Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund since this program was launched.
  • As part of Aging with Confidence: Ontario’s Action Plan for Seniors, Ontario is investing $5 million over four years in the new Active for Life Recreation stream to create up to 20,000 opportunities annually for sport and recreation for seniors across the province. For 2018-19, Active for Life is supporting 45 projects.
  • The Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund is a key priority of Game ON – the Ontario government’s Sport Plan, which is providing opportunities for people in Ontario to get involved in organized sport while strengthening the sport recreation sector in communities across the province.

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