Finance Minister Bill Morneau today tabled Budget 2018—Equality + Growth: A Strong Middle Class—which supports the Government's people-centred approach. Guided by a new Gender Results Framework, Budget 2018 proposes measures to ensure that every Canadian has a real and fair chance at success.
The Budget largely focused on gender equality and reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples; tax benefits for families, protecting the environment and health and wellness were also the top areas of interest.
As we expected there is no new infrastructure funding related to recreation and parks. Additional infrastructure funding will not be available until after the 2019 federal election.
However there are some investments within today’s budget which are of interest to our CPRA Members for Indigenous Sport, women and girls in Sport and a large financial commitment to conservation in Canada’s parks.
Our colleagues at ParticipACTION also received $25 M over 5 years to help with their mandate with increasing physical activity for Canadians.
Thanks to the strong relationships CPRA has built with the federal government and national partners, we will now dialogue on how we may partner and support key initiatives that will flow from these budget priorities.
INDIGENOUS SPORT – CHAPTER 3
Indigenous youth are far more likely than their non-Indigenous peers to be in care, not to complete high school, to be unemployed and to suffer from poor health.
Community-led sport can be a powerful tool to support Indigenous youth. It promotes social inclusion, builds self-esteem, strengthens Indigenous identity, instills a sense of pride and reduces the risks of suicide. Indigenous boys are more likely than Indigenous girls to participate in sport, with adolescence being a pivotal time for predicting whether or not girls will participate in sports as they grow older. Girls who play sports at a young age are more likely to be physically active as adults.
Through Budget 2018, the Government proposes to invest $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.
As this initiative is implemented, the Government will look for opportunities to profile excellence among Indigenous youth in sport.
PROTECTING CANADA’S NATURE, PARKS AND WILD SPACES – CHAPTER 4
Whether the place we call home is a city in Southern Ontario or a small community in Canada’s Far North, the beauty that is part of Canada’s natural landscape is a gift to us all.
To ensure that our children and grandchildren can continue to hike in our majestic forests and swim in our beautiful lakes, rivers and streams, Canada has committed to conserving at least 17 per cent of its land and inland waters by 2020, through networks of protected areas and other effective area-based conservation measures. Both protected and conserved areas will ensure healthier habitats for species at risk and improve biodiversity.
As almost 90 per cent of Canada’s land and inland waters are provincial and territorial Crown or Indigenous lands, achieving this goal requires open collaboration with other orders of government. To support Canada’s biodiversity and protect species at risk, the Government of Canada proposes to make historic investments totaling $1.3 billion over five years, one of the most significant investments in nature conservation in Canadian history—a true legacy for our children and grandchildren.
This investment will contribute $500 million from the federal government to create a new $1 billion Nature Fund in partnership with corporate, not for-profit, provincial, territorial and other partners. In collaboration with partners, the Nature Fund will make it possible to secure private land, support provincial and territorial species protection efforts, and help build Indigenous capacity to conserve land and species, for our benefit and the benefit of future generations.
The remaining funding will:
• Increase the federal capacity to protect species at risk and put in place new recovery initiatives for priority species, areas and threats to our environment.
• Expand national wildlife areas and migratory bird sanctuaries.
• Increase the federal capacity to manage protected areas, including national parks.
• Continue implementation of the Species at Risk Act by supporting assessment, listing, recovery planning and action planning activities.
• Establish a coordinated network of conservation areas working with provincial, territorial and Indigenous partners.
Admission to all of Canada's National Parks is now permanently free for kids.
MORE WOMEN AND GIRLS IN SPORT –CHAPTER 4
Canada’s women and girl athletes do us proud at high-performance sport events, and regularly achieve podium success at Senior World Championships, and Olympic and Paralympic Games.
However, fewer Canadian women and girls participate in sport and physical activity than men and boys—Statistics Canada estimates that in 2010 approximately one-third of Canadian men and one-sixth of Canadian women regularly participated in sport. Men are also approximately two to three times more likely to be coaches, officials or in other leadership positions than women.
We need to create an environment where women and girls feel comfortable engaging in physical activity and sport—at all ages and all levels. To do so, we need to better understand why women and girls choose not to participate in sport, or move into the senior ranks of coaching or management of sports, and then work to remove the barriers that exist.
This is why through Budget 2018, the Government is setting a target to achieve gender equality in sport at every level by 2035, and proposes to provide 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.
SUPPORTING PARTICIPACTION – CHAPTER 4
Inactivity is now the fourth leading cause of death worldwide, responsible for an estimated 3.2 million deaths each year. In Canada, the vast majority of Canadians do not meet recommended levels of physical activity, with 9 out of 10 children and youth not meeting Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines. ParticipACTION is a national non-profit organization, originally established in 1971, whose mission is to make physical activity a vital part of everyday life.
The Government proposes to provide $25 million over five years, starting in 2018–19, for ParticipACTION to increase participation in daily physical activity among Canadians.
SUPPORTING SPECIAL OLYMPICS – CHAPTER 4
Special Olympics is a global grassroots movement, bringing community programs and competition opportunities to more than 4.5 million children, youth and adults with intellectual disabilities across 170 countries. Special Olympics Canada is dedicated to enriching the lives of Canadians with an intellectual disability through sport.
The Government proposes to provide $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.