The Government of Canada provides support to facilitate access to community sport activities and eliminate barriers to participation in organized sport
BRAMPTON, ON, April 15, 2023 /CNW/ –
A priority of the Government of Canada is to remove barriers to sport among under-represented populations to increase their participation.
Today, the Honourable Pascale St-Onge, Minister of Sport and Minister responsible for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, highlighted $175,000 in financial support for community sport activities to 25 local organizations in Brampton. The funding is being distributed by national-level organizations receiving funding through the Community Sport for All Initiative.
Minister St-Onge made the announcement during a visit with Brams United Girls Soccer Club, one of the community organizations receiving funding from ParticipACTION. The Minister heard about the tremendous work the non-profit organization does to empower girls through the sport of soccer, helping them build self-confidence in a positive environment while providing a place to make friends, stay active and have fun.
The sport activities organized by the funded groups working at the community level—ranging from athletics and volleyball to Special Olympics and cricket—will help reduce barriers that hinder participation in sport, particularly in Black, Indigenous and racialized communities or among 2SLGBTQI+ groups, people with low incomes, newcomers and persons with disabilities.
“Support for community sport reinforces the Government of Canada’s commitment to building stronger and healthier communities. Sport plays an important role in building self-esteem and leadership skills, which allow people to grow and thrive physically, emotionally and socially. It should be accessible to all. Everyone deserves the opportunity to take part in sport and physical activity.”
—The Honourable Pascale St-Onge, Minister of Sport and Minister responsible for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec
“Sport, physical activity and recreation are catalysts to a healthier lifestyle, happier people and better-connected communities. Opportunities to play, move and learn new activities should be available for absolutely everyone. We are committed to supporting initiatives that will help us realize our goal of a more inclusive sport system that benefits all Canadians.”
—Adam van Koeverden, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health and to the Minister of Sport
“Everyone should have the opportunity to experience the many benefits of physical activity so they can live a healthy life. The Community Sport for All Initiative is a vital investment that will help overcome barriers in physical activity and sport participation through inclusive, community-centred programming.”
—Elio Antunes, President and CEO, ParticipACTION
“The Community Sport for All Initiative is helping community organizations, like ours, provide opportunities for youth to participate and stay active in an environment that is safe, welcoming, and inclusive. We are grateful for this funding, which helps our club continue to provide equitable soccer and physical literacy programs in Brampton.”
—Cathy Senior, Club President, Brams United Soccer Club
This investment will help community organizations facilitate access to organized sports activities and eliminate barriers to participation in sports.
The Community Sport for All Initiative seeks to restore and increase participation in sport, particularly in Black, Indigenous and 2SLGBTQI+ communities, and among people with low incomes, newcomers, and persons with disabilities. The projects will be guided by the following principles:
- Affordable: Projects will be offered at minimal or no cost to participants.
- Results-oriented: Projects will be delivered in such a way as to increase participation and retention of equity-deserving communities and, ultimately, drive behavioural change.
- Focused on organized sport: While other activities may be included (such as movement skills development), the primary activity must be organized sport and must adhere to safe sport practices.
- Green: Delivery of the projects should produce minimal or positive environmental impact.
- Accessible: Projects must be tailored to the needs of one or more of the equity-deserving groups but need not be exclusionary and can be open to all and should allow for a wide range of athletic ability.
- Available: Projects should seek to be delivered in underserved communities and to achieve regional diversity.
Budget 2023 proposes providing $10 million over two years, starting in 2023–24, to ParticipACTION’s Let’s Get Moving Initiative, which will continue supporting national programming that aims to increase daily physical activity among Canadians. Supporting people in being more active has significant benefits for their physical and mental health, as well as for our communities, the environment, and the economy. However, in 2018–19, less than half of adults, children, and youth met the minimum national physical activity guidelines.
The Community Sport for All Initiative seeks to rebuild and increase sport participation rates, particularly among Black, Indigenous, racialized, 2SLGBTQI+, low-income and newcomer populations, as well as people living with disabilities.
The funding to community organizations is being distributed by national-level organizations receiving support through the Community Sport for All Initiative (CSAI).
List of projects in Brampton funded through the Community Sport for All Initiative*
Athletics Canada has allocated $4,000 of its total CSAI funding to support one community organization in Brampton:
Canadian Kenyan Association
The Canadian Kenyan Association has allocated $55,000 of its total CSAI funding to support three community organizations in Brampton:
Heart Lake Run
Brampton Racers Association
Karibu Sports Club
Canadian Parks and Recreation Association
The Canadian Parks and Recreation Association has allocated $20,000 of its total CSAI funding to support one community organization in Brampton:
Boys Lead Network
Canadian Women & Sport
Canadian Women & Sport has allocated $5,000 of its total CSAI funding to support one community organization in Brampton:
Brampton Ontario Speed Skating Club (BOSS)
Field Hockey Canada
Field Hockey Canada has allocated $7,500 of its total CSAI funding to support one community organization in Brampton:
Canadian Field Hockey and Cultural Club
Kidsport has allocated $6,250 of its total CSAI funding to support 9 community organizations in Brampton:
All Star Sports Centre
Brampton Academy of Martial Arts
Brampton Minor Basketball Association
Brampton Soccer Club
Brampton Warriors Novice Boys Basketball Team
Brampton Youth Soccer Club
Cheer Fuzion All-Stars
Peel Region Football
ParticipACTION has allocated $20,000 of its total CSAI funding to support four community organizations in Brampton:
Brams United Girls Soccer Club
Lady Ballers Camp
Nepalese Canadian Cricket Club Inc.
Peel Region Football
Physical Health Education
Physical Health Education has allocated $13,650 of its total CSAI funding to support four community organizations in Brampton:
Rising Stars Cricket Academy of Excellence / Ray
Capoeira Males Brampton, Street Safe Self Defense
Pakmen volleyball, Zor basketball, Wali shah/
Brampton Academy of Martial Arts, SAJE Vital Signs /
Special Olympics Canada
Special Olympics Canada has allocated $43,188 of its total CSAI funding to support one community organization in Brampton:
Brampton Special Olympics
* The list includes planned funding as reported by the national-level organizations as of March 22, 2023. Final community organization recipients may vary.
SOURCE Canadian Heritage