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  • June 15, 2017

Helping Ontarians Get Active

Province Investing in 127 Provincial and Local Sport and Recreation Programs

Ontario is supporting 127 sport and recreation projects across the province to help children and adults stay healthy and active.

The Northumberland Sports Council will receive funding in the amount of $90,212 for the Northumberland County Physical Literacy for Communities Project.  This project will educate, train and mentor Northumberland Sports Council member organizations and their communities in the benefits of physical literacy.  Northumberland County Physical Literacy for Communities Project will provide leadership, engagement and training to enable Northumberland County to become a Physically Literate Community using a successful model promoted by Canada Sport for Life to provide on-the-ground support for program development, sector specific training in measurement, tracking and evaluation. Over the course of this project 100 staff and volunteers will be trained and 500 qualified leaders across the County will be created.

This is one of 127 projects across Ontario that is receiving support through the Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund, which helps people of all ages to: 

  • Get involved in sport and recreation programs, with activities ranging from gymnastics for children of varying abilities, to exercise programs for older adults with mobility challenges to local fitness classes for people of all ages and abilities.
  • Learn about the importance of physical activity as a foundation for healthy living.
  • Become recreation leaders in their communities through training in areas such as coaching, youth development and volunteer development. 

For children, regular physical activity leads to healthier body weight, stronger bone density and improved mental health. Later in life, physical activity helps maintain health and wellness and can prevent chronic diseases like cancer and Type 2 diabetes. 

Helping people of all ages stay healthy and active is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.  


 “Staying physically active is a key part of being healthy for us as individuals, and for our communities. I am pleased Ontario is supporting these innovative projects that will provide people with fun and healthy social interactions, improve their quality of life and keep them connected to their communities.”

 — Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

 "This funding will help support the Northumberland Sports Council in their strategic work to promote how important physical fitness is in all our lives and in particularly children's. This not only provides exercise benefits but helps improve confidence in our young people".


—    Lou Rinaldi, M.P.P., Northumberland - Quinte West

"The Northumberland Sports Council has been an advocate of sport and recreation programs for some time. The members understand the importance of physical activity and the need for residents of all ages to participate in active and beneficial endeavours. This funding will help the Council promote the value of physical activity and help residents with their journey to become more physically literate".

—     Eugene Todd, President, Northumberland Sports Council


  • In 2016–17, Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund projects helped more than 220,000 people.  
  • The government has provided more than $35 million in funding through the Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund since this program was launched.
  • The Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund is a key priority of Game ON – the Ontario government’s Sport Plan, which is providing opportunities for people in Ontario to get involved in organized sport while strengthening the sport recreation sector in communities across the province.


For more information, contact:

Lou Rinaldi, M.P.P.

Northumberland-Quinte West



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