Parliamentary Secretary Adam van Koeverden announces new funding to remove barriers and improve inclusivity in Canadian sport
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.
“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
- Budget 2021 proposed as much as $80 million over two years to be distributed across the country via the Community Sport for All initiative. The investment will support accessible local organized sport and remove barriers to participation in sport programming.
- The national organizations receiving funding today from the Community Sport for All Initiative include Canadian Blind Hockey ($200,000), the Canadian Volleyball Association ($243,136), Commonwealth Sport Canada ($190,000), Judo Canada ($282,352), Physical Health and Education Canada ($2,190,000), Special Olympics Canada ($467,000), Squash Canada ($312,000), Women’s Para Hockey of Canada ($60,000), Cross Country Ski de fond Canada ($284,317), the Kenyan Canadian Association ($140,000) and Right to Play ($374,000). Community groups are invited to contact the organizations to learn how to submit their proposals to receive funding.
- Another seven national recipients were announced earlier this year: Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities ($6,858,000), KidSport Canada ($4,430,000), Rowing Canada ($885,000), Canadian Women & Sport ($2,000,000), ParticipACTION ($4,667,000), Field Hockey Canada ($76,000) and Canadian Parks and Recreation Association ($8,000,000).
- Special Olympics Canada is a national non‑profit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of Canadians with intellectual disabilities through sport. The organization has nearly 25,000 members and 13,000 volunteers throughout its 12 provincial and territorial chapters (with the exception of Nunavut). It offers multiple programs and sport opportunities across Canada and manages the Special Olympics National Team Program that represents our country on the world stage.
For more information (media only), please contact:
Office of the Minister of Sport and Minister responsible for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec