Harper Government Supports Sport Development and Participation in Ontario

OTTAWA, Dec. 19, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport), and the Honourable Michael Chan, Ontario Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, today announced contributions from the Government of Canada and Government of Ontario for sport development and participation in the province.

"Working with provincial and territorial governments to advance important priorities for sport and physical activity in Canada is something our Government is proud to do. We want to make sport participation and athlete development a part of Canadians' everyday lives," said Minister of State Gosal. "Today's funding announcement clearly demonstrates that we are committed to working together with all levels of government to achieve this common goal. Sport participation and active living are important elements in keeping our communities and children healthy and active."

"The Ontario government is pleased to partner with the Government of Canada to support organizations that deliver programs to encourage Aboriginal communities and people of all abilities to participate in sport and recreation programs," said Minister Chan. "By increasing opportunities for physical activity and encouraging participation, all in Ontario can become healthy, active and engaged in their communities."

The three-year renewed bilateral agreement with Ontario involves a federal investment of $2,736,684 ($912,228 per year) with a matching contribution from Ontario, for a total of $5,473,368.

SOURCE Canadian Heritage

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