Minister St-Onge announces Canadian Women & Sport as national recipient of Community Sport for All Initiative

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The Government of Canada is committed to building stronger, healthier communities across the country. The transformative power of sport plays an important role in achieving this goal. Sport builds self-esteem and leadership skills and allows people to grow and thrive-physically, emotionally and socially.

To support organized sport at the community level, the Honourable Pascale St-Onge, Minister of Sport and Minister responsible for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, announced today that Canadian Women & Sport, as a national-level organization, will receive $2,000,000 in funding in 2022-23 from the Community Sport for All initiative.

Community-based groups will be invited in the fall to submit their proposals to Canadian Women & Sport through their website at Funded projects will help reduce barriers to sport participation and retention for girls, women and nonbinary people who are from Black, Indigenous, racialized, 2SLGBTQQIA+, low-income and newcomer populations, as well as people with disabilities.

Rowing Canada Aviron, Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities and KidSport Canada were the first three national-level funding recipients announced under the Community Sport for All Initiative. More opportunities for community-based groups to apply for funding will come soon as the remaining national-level recipients will be announced this summer. The role of the national-level recipients is to redistribute funding to community-based groups.

As announced in Budget 2021, up to $80 million over two years will be distributed across the country. The investment will help kick-start accessible local organized sports and remove barriers to participation in sport programming.

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