The pandemic created or exacerbated significant economic challenges for Canadians, including recession, supply chain disruption, global unrest, and inflation. Since 2015, inflationary pressures have significantly increased construction costs. These economic challenges impact the cost of food, housing, and other necessities.

Rising costs of materials and supplies (including adaptive equipment) required to deliver programs and services result in higher costs which are either absorbed by the provider (resulting in increased taxes or reduction in other programs and services) or are passed on to community members. These economic challenges may impact their ability to pay for program fees, transportation, equipment, shoes, and other items, potentially resulting in lower rates of participation. For example, recent research indicates that 74% of adults either find sport, physical activity, and recreation opportunities not affordable at all or somewhat affordable, whereas only 15% find opportunities very affordable.

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