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  • November 10, 2017

Ontario Boosting Opportunities for Children and Youth to Stay Active and Engaged in the Hamilton Region

NEWS                                                                                                            November 10, 2017

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


Today, Ted McMeekin announced six recipient organizations across Hamilton will receive a total of $745,132 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.







 “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 Hamilton area  will have an opportunity to participate in safe and fun after school programming.”

— Ted McMeekin, MPP for Ancaster Dundas Flamborough Westdale











  • 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.






For further information, please contact Ted McMeekin  905-690-6552













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