Parliamentary Secretary Adam van Koeverden announces new funding to remove barriers and improve inclusivity in Canadian sport

Parliamentary Secretary Adam van Koeverden announces new funding to remove barriers and improve inclusivity in Canadian sport

by ahnationtalk on October 6, 202223 Views

From: Canadian Heritage

TORONTO, October 6, 2022

The Government of Canada is committed to creating a more inclusive sport environment for all Canadians. Sport plays an important role in building stronger, healthier communities across the country. Sport should include space for all to participate and excel, regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, and ability.

Community Sport for All initiative

Adam van Koeverden, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health and to the Minister of Sport,  announced $4.7 million in additional funding for 11 national organizations, in addition to previously announced recipients. This new funding, from the Community Sport for All initiative, will help organizations support community-led projects that aim to remove barriers and increase participation in sport for underrepresented groups, especially Black, Indigenous, racialized, 2SLGBTQI+, low income, newcomers, and those living with disabilities.

Special Olympics Canada

The Parliamentary Secretary also announced an additional $1.8 million in funding for Special Olympics Canada, as proposed in Budget 2022. This brings the annual support for this organization to $6.6 million on an ongoing basis. This support will help the organization offer more training, education, and competition resources for Canadians with intellectual disabilities.

The Parliamentary Secretary made the announcements on behalf of the Honourable Pascale St-Onge, Minister of Sport and Minister responsible for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec.

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“Today’s announcement reinforces our 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 everyone and become the basis for our children, who all deserve the opportunity to participate 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 is a catalyst to a healthy and happy lifestyle. Opportunities that lead to healthy bodies and minds should be available for everyone. We are committed to supporting initiatives that will help us realize our goal of a more inclusive Canadian sport system that benefits everyone.”

—Adam van Koeverden, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health and to the Minister of Sport

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For more information (media only), please contact:

Ariane Joazard-Bélizaire
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Sport and Minister responsible for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec
ariane.joazard-belizaire@pch.gc.ca

Media Relations
Canadian Heritage
1-819-994-9101
1-866-569-6155
media@pch.gc.ca

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