Highlights of the 2018 Federal Budget

Budget 2018 was released on Tuesday, February 28th with new money earmarked for specific programs that benefit the sport, physical activity and recreation sector. The Sport Matters Group applauds the federal government's increased investment in Indigenous sport and in women and girls' participation in sport at all levels, as well as the longer term investment in ParticipACTION, and Special Olympics Canada.

Here are the highlights for our sector:
  • $47.5 million over five years, and $9.5 million per year ongoing, to expand the use of sport for social development in more than 300 Indigenous communities. This initiative will help to scale up a highly successful model developed by Right To Play that has led nearly 90 per cent of participants to have a more positive attitude toward school and a greater sense of identity.

  • Moving towards an inclusive sport system by setting a target to achieve gender equality in sport by 2035. An initial $30 million over three years to support data and research and innovative practices to promote women and girls’ participation in sport, and provide support to national sports organizations to promote the greater inclusion of women and girls in all facets of sport.

  • $25 million over five years, starting in 2018–19, for ParticipACTION to increase participation in daily physical activity among Canadians.

  • $16 million over five years, starting in 2018–19, with $2 million per year ongoing, for Special Olympics Canada to sustain its empowering movement, which supports more than 45,000 children, youth and adults in Canada with intellectual disabilities through its extraordinary network of more than 21,000 volunteers.

To learn more about the 2018 Budget, visit: #YourBudget2018