The Government of Canada provides support to facilitate access to community sport activities and eliminate barriers to participation in organized sport
CHARLOTTETOWN, PE–A priority of the Government of Canada is to remove barriers to sport among under-represented populations to increase their participation.
Today, the Honourable Pascale St-Onge, Minister of Sport and Minister responsible for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, highlighted over $106,000 in financial support for community sport activities to seven local organizations in Prince Edward Island. The funding is being distributed by national-level organizations receiving funding through the Community Sport for All Initiative.
Minister St-Onge also highlighted that KidSport Canada has allocated $84,000 of its total Community Sport for All Initiative funding to support 74 community organizations across the province.
The sport activities organized by the funded groups working on the ground—ranging from rowing and judo to baseball and figure skating—will help reduce barriers that hinder participation in sport, particularly in Black, Indigenous and racialized communities or among 2SLGBTQI+ groups, people with low incomes, newcomers and persons with disabilities.
“Our government’s support for community sport reinforces our commitment to building stronger and healthier communities. Sport plays an important role in building self-esteem and leadership skills, which allow people to grow and thrive physically, emotionally and socially. It should be accessible to all, and everyone deserves the opportunity to participate in sport and physical activity.”
—The Honourable Pascale St-Onge, Minister of Sport and Minister responsible for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec
“Sport is a catalyst to a healthy and happy lifestyle. Opportunities that lead to healthy bodies and minds should be available to all. We are committed to supporting initiatives that will help us realize our goal of a more inclusive Canadian sport system that benefits everyone.”
—Adam van Koeverden, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health and to the Minister of Sport
“An inclusive and accessible sport system helps build healthier communities. This investment will help reduce barriers that hinder participation in sport and create a sense of community and belonging, particularly among the BIPOC community, newcomers, persons with disabilities, and 2SLGBTQI+ groups. As a government, it is our goal to ensure that all Canadians have the opportunity to participate in activities that are affordable, accessible, result-oriented, and improve overall well-being. This initiative will do just that.”
—Sean Casey, Member of Parliament (Charlottetown)
This investment will help community organizations facilitate access to organized sports activities and eliminate barriers to participation in sports.
The Community Sport for All Initiative seeks to restore and increase participation in sport, particularly in Black, Indigenous and 2SLGBTQI+ communities, and among people with low incomes, newcomers, and persons with disabilities. The projects will be guided by the following principles:
Affordable: Projects will be offered at minimal or no cost to participants.
Results-oriented: Projects will be delivered in such a way as to increase participation and retention of equity-deserving communities and, ultimately, drive behavioural change.
Focused on organized sport: While other activities may be included (such as movement skills development), the primary activity must be organized sport and must adhere to safe sport practices.
Green: Delivery of the projects should produce minimal or positive environmental impact.
Accessible: Projects must be tailored to the needs of one or more of the equity-deserving groups but need not be exclusionary and can be open to all and should allow for a wide range of athletic ability.
Available: Projects should seek to be delivered in underserved communities and to achieve regional diversity.
List of projects funded in Prince Edward Island through the Community Sport for All Initiative
The Community Sport for All Initiative seeks to rebuild and increase sport participation rates, particularly among Black, Indigenous, racialized, 2SLGBTQI+, low-income and newcomer populations, as well as people living with disabilities.
The funding to community organizations is being distributed by national-level organizations receiving support through the Community Sport for All Initiative.