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On February 28, 2018, the Government of Canada released Budget 2018: "Equality + Growth: A Strong Middle Class.” This year’s budget has a strong emphasis on gender equality, health and wellness, reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples and protecting the environment.

Key highlights relevant to the parks and recreation sector include:

  • $25 million over five years, starting in 2018–19, for ParticipACTION to increase participation in daily physical activity among Canadians
  • $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. 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.
  • Free admission to Canada’s National Parks for youth ages 17 and under
  • $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.
  • $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.

For more information:

Budget 2018: Equality and Growth for a Strong Middle Class [Media Release]

Canadian Parks and Recreation Association Summary: Federal Budget 2018