• News
  • October 31, 2017

Ontario Boosting Opportunities for Children and Youth to Stay Active and Engaged in Ottawa-Vanier

After School Program Providing Fun and Safe Activities Across the Province

Ontario is providing opportunities for children and youth in Ottawa-Vanier to participate in sport, recreation and active living programs after school to help build self-esteem, promote success in school and boost wellbeing.

Today, MPP Nathalie Des Rosiers announced that 5 organizations in Ottawa-Vanier will receive a total of $251,000 as part of Ontario's After School Program. The program gets students moving through activities like soccer, basketball or dance, teaches healthy eating habits and promotes relationship building.

This year, more than 21,000 children and youth will participate in programs at over 400 locations across the province. The funding will help children and youth gain confidence, have fun 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’s After School Program plays a key role in keeping our children healthy and active, while developing confidence and learning skills that will empower them to succeed as they grow up.  I am inspired by the organizers, providers and leaders of the many After School Programs for delivering this important program and making a difference in the lives of young people across the province.” 

— Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

“It is important that children and youth have the opportunity to participate in activities that will keep them active, learn about healthy living and achieve more at school.  Thanks to the government’s investment through Ontario’s After School Program, children in the Ottawa-Vanier community will have an opportunity to participate in safe and fun after school programming.”

— Nathalie Des Rosiers, MPP for Ottawa-Vanier


  • Ontario is investing $13.5 million in the After School Program for the 2017-18 school year.
  • Since 2009, Ontario’s After School Program has provided $96 million in funding to enable over 135,000 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 create opportunities for all Ontarians to get involved in sport.
  • The After School Program also supports Advancing Opportunities for Women and Girls in Sport: Ontario’s Action Plan by providing accessible opportunities for girls to participate in physical activity and sport during the after school time period.



Camille Marcil

Nathalie Des Rosiers’ office




Disponible en français


Keep in Mind...

This website is provided for your convenience. If you'd prefer to call or email, my staff and I would be happy to hear from you.

Top Stories