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  • April 25, 2018

Ontario Helping Children and Seniors Stay Active for Life in Ottawa-Vanier

Province Investing in Local Sport and Recreation Programs

Ontario is creating more opportunities for children and seniors stay active by boosting sport and recreation programming in Ottawa-Vanier.

This year, the province is supporting 127 sport and recreation projects through the Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund and its new Active for Life Recreation stream aimed at getting seniors moving. The Centre Pauline-Charron local project include opportunities for 350 francophones (55+) to participate in a physical activity program 5-7 days per week.

The fund supports one or two-year projects that will increase opportunities for people of all ages to become more active, by helping them learn new skills and encouraging lifelong physical activity.

Ontario's plan to support care, create opportunity and make life more affordable during this period of rapid economic change includes free prescription drugs for everyone under 25, and 65 or over, through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, and free preschool child care from 2 ½ to kindergarten.


“Staying and keeping active is integral to living a well-balanced, connected life. Ontario is funding projects that gets our young people engaged in sport and keeps seniors connected and active in their communities. ”

 — Daiene Vernile, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

“Congratulations to Centre Pauline-Charron who help keep our citizens active and engaged. This new funding will continue our community’s legacy of fit and vibrant residents who make Ottawa-Vanier a great place to live.”

—   Nathalie Des Rosiers, MPP Ottawa-Vanier


  • In 2016–17, Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund projects supported more than 220,000 people.  
  • The government has provided more than $43 million in funding through the Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund since this program was launched.
  • As part of Aging with Confidence: Ontario’s Action Plan for Seniors, Ontario is investing $5 million over four years in the new Active for Life Recreation stream to create up to 20,000 opportunities annually for sport and recreation for seniors across the province. For 2018-19, Active for Life is supporting 45 projects.
  • 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.


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