Ontario – It’s Time To Get Active!

McGuinty Government Enhances Sport And Recreation Programs

TORONTO, July 10 –

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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:

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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.

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“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 active.”

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

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