Government of Canada

Government of Canada
Government of Manitoba

Government of Manitoba

January 28, 2010 17:01 ET

Government of Canada Extends its Sport Bilateral Agreement With the Province of Manitoba

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - Jan. 28, 2010) - The Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety and Member of Parliament (Provencher), on behalf of the Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of State (Sport), today announced the extension of a bilateral agreement with the Department of Aboriginal and Northern Affairs of Manitoba.

The extension of the bilateral agreement with the Province of Manitoba reaffirms Canada's support for increasing sport participation among young people and will help increase the availability of grassroots sport and recreational activities.

"This bilateral agreement will continue to help increase sport participation in the province," said Minister Toews. "It will further support initiatives that encourage children, young people, persons with disabilities, and Aboriginal people in Manitoba to increase their participation in sport and become more physically active."

The extension of the bilateral agreement will provide $267,000 for 2009-2010 to the provincial government to assist in the delivery of projects including community sport, programs for young people, and coaching development.

"Manitoba is pleased to join our federal partners in this bilateral agreement," said the Honourable Eric Robinson, Manitoba Minister of Aboriginal and Northern Affairs and Minister responsible for Sport. "The funding will help keep Manitobans more socially engaged and physically active."

The Government of Canada and the Province of Manitoba believe that participation in sport is part of a healthy lifestyle and contributes to a healthy society. Sport strengthens individuals, and it also strengthens communities by bringing people of all backgrounds and ages together.

The Government of Canada is the single largest investor in Canada's sport system and supports participation and excellence from the playground to the podium. This contribution is being provided through Sport Canada's Sport Support Program, a key instrument in the government's overall approach to sport development in Canada.

This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Gary Lunn, P.C., M.P.
    Minister of State (Sport)
    Vanessa Schneider
    Director of Communications
    819-934-1191
    vanessa.schneider@pch.gc.ca
    or
    Office of the Honourable Eric Robinson
    Manitoba Minister of Aboriginal and Northern Affairs
    and Minister responsible for Sport
    204-945-3719
    minna@leg.gov.mb.ca
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations
    819-994-9101
    1-866-569-6155
    media@pch.gc.ca