Mr. Speaker, as many Members will have seen earlier today in the Great Hall, the Department of Municipal and Community Affairs and Canadian Tire Corporation announced a new partnership to support physical activity and sport opportunities for NWT children and youth.
Canadian Tire Corporation has committed to providing up to $225,000 over three years for equipment, training and capacity building to support MACA’s After School Physical Activity Program.
As Members may recall, this program supports local programs that get school-aged children and youth more physically active in every NWT school.
On behalf of the Government of the Northwest Territories I want to thank and recognize Canadian Tire for their generous donation and for their commitment to assist in improving opportunities for our children and youth.
I would also like to thank Minister of State for Sport, the Honourable Bal Gosal, for connecting us with the Canadian Tire Corporation, during NWT Days this past January and getting the wheels in motion for the fantastic announcement earlier today.
I also want to recognize all schools in the Northwest Territories and the NWT Teachers Association, which represents teaching staff, for their support. Most of our programs are run in schools or have volunteer teacher support. We simply could not offer these opportunities without you.
Mr. Speaker, sadly up to 85 percent of NWT youth are not physically active enough to gain any significant health benefit. This is slightly better than the Canadian average but very disappointing when it means that nearly 9 out of every 10 youth are at risk.
In these times of tight financial resources, it is incredibly important for government to join forces with the corporate sector and others to help make a difference. Canadian Tire has led by example. In future, I hope we can encourage others to join the cause.
In closing Mr. Speaker, I want to thank Landon French, Vice-President of Community Relations for traveling to Yellowknife to help me make the announcement. Together we can make a difference.
Thank you, Mr. Speaker