CPRA and the Canadian Recreation Facilities Council (CRFC) have made a submission to the House of Commons Finance Committee pre-budget consultations which can be used as a reference point for feedback from the sector.
The CPRA and CRFC recommend that the 201 7 federal budget include commitments:
- To provide $ 1 million in funding toward creating a national and comprehensive inventory of sport and recreation facilities in Canadian communities to empower governments and community leaders to make evidence-based decision that will improve the health of communities and Canadians.
- To create a dedicated sport and recreation infrastructure ‘repair’ fund that would include a reserved envelope for small communities. This will allow communities to prioritize sport and recreation infrastructure projects while still addressing other community infrastructure needs. This ‘repair’ fund would address the acute need for critical repairs, maintenance and adaptation that ensures existing public assets remain safe and reliable.
- To create a dedicated sport and recreation infrastructure ‘new build’ fund that would include a reserved envelope for urban communities with large ethnic populations. This fund would address the growing, aging and diversifying demographic in Canadian communities. The changing sport and recreation needs of our population can be addressed to ensure the aging population remains active and that new Canadians have a community entry point that is reflective of their sport and recreation culture.
We call upon the federal government to commit $1.2 billion per annum for the next ten years in total to the two dedicated sport and recreation infrastructure funds. This request represents only 10% of the total $120 billion over 10 years – overall a small investment to secure the health of its citizen and communities and the sustainability of the health care system.
Let's take this opportunity to bring a united voice to the Federal Government - Recreation investment is very much needed in Canada!