Town plan lands provincial grant

Residents of Kenora-Rainy River will have a chance to get more active through the McGuinty government’s investment of $132,314 to 13 organizations under the Communities In Action Fund, Health Promotion minister Jim Watson announced Tuesday.
This includes a $16,000 grant to the Town of Fort Frances to develop an active transportation plan here.
“Providing enhanced opportunities for physical activity and community sport and recreation will remove barriers that have prevented people in these communities from participating in sport and recreation programs, and help them to become healthier,” said Watson.
CIAF is a $5-million annual program that supports ACTIVE2010—Ontario’s strategy to increase physical activity and sport participation across the province.
CIAF also supports the work of Ontario’s Action Plan for Healthy Eating and Active Living.
CIAF helps local and provincial not-for-profit organizations provide more community sport and recreation projects.
Priority is given to projects that benefit under-served groups, such as older adults, children and youth, girls and women, persons with disabilities, aboriginal people, and low-income individuals.
In the three years of the program, the McGuinty government has awarded more than $15.8 million to more than 400 not-for-profit organizations across the province.
“Through CIAF, we partner with organizations that are helping Ontario families develop more healthy and active lifestyles,” said Watson.
“By increasing physical activity, we are building a healthier Ontario,” he added.
For more information on CIAF, visit www.mhp.gov.on.ca

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