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  • August 17, 2016

Province Investing over $10k to Support Healthy and Active Communities in Whitchurch-Stouffville

Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund Increasing Opportunities for Ontarians


Ontario is helping people in Whitchurch-Stouffville of all ages and abilities to get active, stay fit and lead healthier lives, through the Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund


The Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville will receive $10,404 for WS Walks.  This one year project will implement the WS Walks Program; a walking club for over 150 seniors and families that utilizes existing fitness equipment located in two Stouffville parks. It will also map a variety of trails and create a municipal trail map for public use.


This year, the province is supporting 129 local, regional and provincial organizations, totalling $7.2 million across Ontario. The Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund provides grants to sport and recreation organizations that offer quality programs and services to keep Ontarians active in sport, recreation and physical activity.


Investing in sport, recreation and active living in communities across the province is part of the government's economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, roads, bridges and transit in Ontario's history and is investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.




"Our government continues to support opportunities for people to participate in sport and physical activity. Funding from the Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund will help increase access to sport and recreation programs so the people of Whitchurch- Stouffville can get fit and stay healthy."

— Dr. Helena Jaczek, MPP Oak Ridges-Markham



“I’m very excited about the investment our government is making in community programming across Ontario. Through the Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund, we’re supporting our partners at the local, regional and provincial level to effectively promote healthy, active living for people of all ages and abilities.”
— Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

“The Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville is grateful to the Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund for recognizing the importance of the WS Walks program to our seniors and families.  Through commitments like this, the residents of Whitchurch-Stouffville can continue to enjoy fun and healthy activities throughout our community.”


— Rob Raycroft, Director, Leisure and Community Services, the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville




  • Since 2013, the Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund has supported over 360 projects across the province.


  • Now in its fourth year, the Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund has invested more than $28.8 million since the program was launched.


  • In 2016–17, Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund projects are expected to reach over 220,000 people.  



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