SASKATOON, May 26, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of
State (Sport), and the Honourable Kevin Doherty, Saskatchewan Minister
of Parks, Culture and Sport, today announced the Government of Canada's
and Government of Saskatchewan's contribution to sport development and
participation in Saskatchewan.
"Working with provincial and territorial governments to advance
important priorities for sport, physical activity, and recreation in
Canada is something our Government is proud to do. We want to make
sport participation 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
"The Government of Saskatchewan is pleased to partner with the
Government of Canada on this important initiative," said Minister
Doherty. "Part of my ministry's mandate is to promote healthy, active
families through sport, and this agreement certainly helps us achieve
that. Our growing population means that more people than ever before
are seeking out opportunities to participate in sport. This agreement
will help ensure that sports are accessible to everyone. I want to
thank our delivery and funding partner, Sask Sport, for the work that
they, and their vast volunteer network, do for sport in our province."
"We are pleased that a new bilateral agreement is in place to increase
the opportunities for under-represented groups to participate in sport
across the province," said Nada Gorman, President of Sask Sport Inc.
"The benefits of sport are far reaching, and the funding will enable us
to continue and enhance essential sport programming."
The 3-year renewed bilateral agreement with the Government of
Saskatchewan was recently approved with a federal investment of
$909,909 ($303,303 per year). Canada's contribution is conditional to a
matching contribution from Saskatchewan. Saskatchewan, through Sask
Sport, plans to contribute up to $2,428,086 ($592,747 in 2012-13;
$943,097 in 2013-14; $892,242 in 2014-15) during the 3 year agreement
for a total of $3,337,995.
The Government of Canada is the single largest contributor to sport in
Canada and supports participation and excellence from playground to
SOURCE: Canadian Heritage
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Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Bal Gosal, P.C., M.P.
Minister of State (Sport)
(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Newsroom.)