Wilkinson announces funding for Sports, recreation programs

The Townships of Minto and Mapleton will receive $6,500 through the Ontario government’s Communities in Action Fund (CIAF).

The announcement was made last week by Perth-Wellington MPP, John Wilkinson, on behalf of Margarett Best, the Minister of Health Pro­motion.

CIAF provides funding to not-for-profit organizations at the local and provincial levels to improve opportunities for community sport and physical activity. Ontario is helping people of all ages and abilities get more active and remain healthy through physical activity programs offered right across the province.

“I am delighted that the Maple­ton/Minto Community in Motion program will benefit from this provincial grant,” Wilkinson said.

“A partnership such as this one helps everyone to become more active, and thus healthier. People are encouraged to participate in great programs, which will be offered close to home.

Minto Mayor David Anderson added, “I am pleased that the Town of Minto was a partner in receiving funding under the Communities in Action Fund from the Ministry of Health Promotion.

“This funding will be used to assist our community to reach the objective of being a walkable, healthy and active place to live and visit. The extensive network of trails in our town encourages our residents to enjoy the outdoors in all seasons..”

Mapleton mayor John Green said, “On behalf of the Township of Mapleton, I am pleased to receive this CIAF support.

“This funding will enhance the Minto-Mapleton Communities in Motion Team’s efforts in raising awareness about the benefits of being active, reducing barriers to physical activities as well as encouraging and promoting the participation in physical activities and programs.” 

Best said, “The McGuinty government is committed to working at the community level to improve rates of physical activity.

“Programs funded through the Communities in Action Fund are important in our efforts to provide all Ontario families with a chance to participate in sport and recreation.”

CIAF has already benefited more than one million Ontarians of all ages and backgrounds. Over the past five years, more than 1,000 local and provincial organizations have re­ceived more than $32-million through CIAF.