Ontario Providing $4.5 million in Funding to Variety Village

Published on July 31, 2019

Investment Will Help People of All Abilities Stay Active and Healthy

Ontario’s government for the people is helping people of all ability levels in the Greater Toronto Area stay active and build their confidence through sport and recreation. The province is providing $4.5 million to Variety Village — including $2.5 million in 2019-20 for facility repairs and $2 million over the next two years to help deliver recreational and competitive adaptive sport programs.

“Every Ontarian deserves the opportunity to participate in sport at all levels,” said Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. “Variety Village is making it possible for people of all ages and all abilities to enjoy sport and physical activity in a safe and inclusive environment.”

Provincial funding will support physical activity and sport programs for children and youth with disabilities, from beginner sports to competitive team play. Provincially funded programs include:

• Children in Motion — Helping children learn the fundamentals of games and activity in a non-competitive environment
• Sport and Social - A sport and socialization program for youth with disabilities.
• Aquatics - Swimming beginning at Level 1 with progression to level 10
• Beginner-level sports such as beginner taekwondo, swim teams (comprised of athletes with an intellectual or physical disability), wheelchair basketball, VOLT hockey and track and field
• Competitive sports including artistic swimming, swimming and wheelchair basketball
• Education and Outreach - Introduction to sport, parasport and adaptive sport to children across the Greater Toronto Area.

As MPP for Vaughan-Woodbridge, I know first-hand the important role Variety Village plays in the lives of children and youth with disabilities, as well as their parents. Variety Village’s adaptive sport programs help kids with physical or cognitive disabilities learn, grow and play in a safe space. This provincial funding will make a real, lasting difference for those children and their families.” said Michael Tibollo MPP

Ontario is one of the best places to play sport and be an athlete. The government for the people is pleased to partner with Variety Village to empowering children with disabilities and level the playing field through competitive adaptive sport.

QUICK FACTS:

Variety Village is an inclusive family-friendly fitness, sports and life-skills facility in Toronto that has provided programming for people of all abilities, including those with disabilities, since the first facility opened in 1949.

Ontario has invested over $18 million in operating funding to Variety Village since 2002.

Variety Village has the largest inclusive summer camp program in Ontario, with 2,000 children attending last year.