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Helping Kids in Vaughan Stay Healthy and Active

Ontario Providing Sport, Recreation and Active Living Options for Kids

VAUGHAN— MPP Steven Del Duca is pleased to announce that Ontario is helping kids in Vaughan develop healthy eating habits, get active, gain confidence and achieve more in school.

This year, 60 children and youth from Discovery Public School and Woodbridge Public School in Vaughan will have access to Ontario’s After School Program through the Boys and Girls Club of York Region (Social Enterprise for Canada).

The After School Program helps deliver sport and recreation activities and healthy living programs to more than 21,000 children and youth at over 400 locations in priority neighbourhoods across the province.

Program activities, which may include sports, arts and crafts, personal health and wellness education, and nutrition instruction, are delivered by service providers across the province, including municipalities, Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCAs, Community Health Centres, local grassroots recreational organizations and Aboriginal and First Nation organizations. Programs are delivered in a variety of settings including schools, community centres and First Nation communities.

Providing more opportunities for kids to stay healthy and succeed is part of the government's plan to build Ontario up. The four-part plan includes investing in people's talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives and building a secure retirement savings plan.

QUOTES

“As a father of two young girls, I know the importance of providing our children with more opportunities to be active and learn about healthy living in safe after school environments.  That is why I am proud that our government is supporting the Boys and Girls Club of York Region with program funding that will benefit over 50 children from Discovery Public School and Woodbridge Public School.”

—   Steven Del Duca, MPP for Vaughan

“Ontario’s After School Program encourages kids to stay healthy, active and engaged, and is instrumental in providing them with safe, healthy places to go after school. It empowers young people to make healthy and positive changes in their lives. Our government’s continued investment to support families in priority neighbourhoods across Ontario builds on our vision of a better future for our children.”

— Michael Coteau, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

QUICK FACTS

  • Ontario is investing $13.5 million in the After School Program in 2015-16 to fund about 130 organizations.
  • Providing more opportunities for kids to be active and healthy in their local community supports the recommendations of the Healthy Kids Panel Report.
  • Ontario’s After School Program, now in its seventh year, is one of the most successful recreation programs of the Ontario Government and has provided $82.5 million since inception.

LEARN MORE

Ontario’s After School Program

Ontario's Healthy Kids Strategy
Stepping Up – A Strategic Framework to Help Ontario’s Youth Succeed.

A map of After School Program locations.

 

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