Government Funding to Increase Sport Accessibility
Prince George, B.C. – People with different abilities living in the North and other parts of the province will have opportunities to take part in sporting and creative activities as a result of $735,000 in funding for accessibility programming.
Community, Sport and Cultural Development Minister Coralee Oakes says the B.C. government, the Canadian Paralympic Committee and ViaSport have entered into a $335,000 Northern Sport Accessibility partnership to develop a new program delivery model. The provincial share is $290,000.
Representatives of multiple sectors will develop a plan, to be implemented over three years by a sport accessibility coordinator housed at Pacific Sport Northern BC, to connect people with programs. The position will be supported by an equipment grant program and technical resources.
The Canadian Paralympic Committee will kick in $45,000 to support long-term athlete development, from active start through learn-to-play stages. The CPC will also provide in-kind contributions to train teachers and coaches in the Fundamental Movement Skills curriculum.
The BC government will also spend up to $400,000 a year to expand the After School Sport and Arts Initiative (ASSAI), providing after school sport and arts programming for children with a disability. The funding will be available to ASSAI communities to support transportation, additional staff, specialized equipment and staff training that will meet the specific needs of these children