Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Ontario Helping 22,000 Young People Stay Active and Engaged
After School Funding Will Support Children and Youth Programs Across the Province
Ontario is providing opportunities for 22,000 children and youth in priority neighbourhoods to participate in fun, safe and supervised activities after school, which help build confidence and support student success and wellbeing.
Harinder Malhi, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, was at the Toronto Kiwanis Boys and Girls Club's Main Clubhouse today to announce that the province is renewing funding for its After School Program. About 235 children and youth take part in the Kiwanis Boys and Girls Club's program at the Main Clubhouse every school day.
This year, more than 22,000 children and youth will benefit from the funding at over 400 locations across the province. This funding will go toward quality programs to help children and youth get active, learn about healthy habits, gain confidence and achieve more in school.
Investing in sport, recreation and active living in communities across the province is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.
- Ontario is investing $13.5 million in the After School Program for the 2016-17 school year to support 126 organizations.
- Since 2009, Ontario’s After School Program has provided $82.5 million in funding to enable over 115,000 children and youth to participate in after school programming.
- The program is delivered by municipalities, Indigenous communities and organizations, non-profit and grassroots recreational organizations. Activities may include sport and recreation, arts and crafts, nutrition, and health and wellness education.
- Ontario's After School Program supports Game ON – The Ontario Government’s Sport Plan, which aims to make opportunities available for all Ontarians to get involved in sport.
- Through the Ministry of Education, the government also provides $42 million annually to school boards to support community use of schools. This funding supports student achievement and well-being by enabling not-for-profit groups to offer affordable activities to their communities.
"Our government is working to build an Ontario where everyone has the opportunity to succeed, and that begins with our young people. Ontario’s After School Program provides children and youth with safe, healthy places to go after school, so they can get active, learn new skills and develop confidence that can last a lifetime."
— Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport
"We are very fortunate in Ontario to have organizations that offer safe and fun after school programming. Thanks to the government’s investment through Ontario’s After School Program, more children across the province have an opportunity to participate, grow and succeed."
— Harinder Malhi, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport
"At the Toronto Kiwanis Boys & Girls Clubs we provide high-quality after school programs that meet young people’s developmental needs at key stages in their lives, from childhood to young adulthood. These programs reinforce the in-school curriculum, are affordable for parents and families, and have a meaningful impact on the children and youth they serve — helping to create positive change that lasts a lifetime. We couldn’t serve the 475 young people we do without the support of Ontario’s After School Program."
— Ian Edward, Executive Director, Toronto Kiwanis Boys and Girls Club