Ontario - It's Time To Get Active!

    McGuinty Government Enhances Sport And Recreation Programs

    TORONTO, July 10 /CNW/ -


    Ontario is helping people of all ages and abilities get more active and
remain healthy through physical activity programs offered across the province.
    This $7.5 million investment through the Communities In Action Fund, will
support innovative sports and recreation projects to be provided through 20
provincial and 212 community-based sport and recreation organizations, which
will include, for example:

    -  A seniors outreach project which will engage 500 seniors in new
       physical activity and fitness programming;
    -  Weekend cycling clinics throughout the summer for over 250 children;
    -  A soccer program for children and youth in seven First Nations
       communities; and
    -  A physical activity and nutrition-focused wellness program for
       homeless and under-serviced youth.

    Over 300,000 Ontarians will benefit from today's investment.
    The Communities In Action Fund (CIAF) provides funding to not-for-profit
organizations, to help create a healthier Ontario.


    "The Communities In Action Fund is part of the McGuinty government's plan
to invest in Ontarians and provide opportunities for people across the
province to become physically active," said Margarett Best, Ontario Minister
of Health Promotion (http://www.mhp.gov.on.ca/english/margarettbest.asp). "I
am pleased that, for the fifth year, hundreds of new sport and recreation
programs will be available to individuals who need them the most."

    "The funding we have received from the Government of Ontario will allow
us to provide injury prevention education and programming opportunities for
swimming to Aboriginal communities as well as individuals with special needs,"
said Gail Botten, Program Advisor for the Canadian Red Cross, Ontario Zone.
"The Communities In Action Fund helps organizations like ours provide more
activities at the community level to make Ontarians healthier and more


    -  CIAF has benefited over one million Ontarians and over 800
       organizations at the local and provincial level.
    -  With this year's investment, CIAF has provided over $32 million to
       more than 1,000 organizations across Ontario.


    CIAF is a key initiative of the government's ACTIVE2010 Strategy
(http://www.mhp.gov.on.ca/english/sportandrec/active2010.asp) and Ontario's
Action Plan for Healthy Eating and Active Living
    The Communities In Action Fund
(http://www.mhp.gov.on.ca/english/sportandrec/fund.asp) improves opportunities
for community sport and recreation.

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For further information:

For further information: Andrew Campbell, Minister's Office, (416)
326-8503; Julie Rosenberg, Communications, (416) 326-4833

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