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SPRA and the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (CPRA) applaud the federal government’s leadership in ensuring Canadians have access to the benefits of parks and recreation through continued investment in the sector.

The release of the 2017 Federal budget, "Building a Strong Middle Class" is strongly aligned with the Framework for Recreation in Canada through the following investments:

  • More than $1.3 billion dedicated to recreation and cultural infrastructure that will be provided through bilateral agreements with the provinces and territories
  • $77 million over 10 years to expand the Enabling Accessibility Fund
  • $18.9 million over 5 years with ongoing funding of $5.5 million every 4 years after to support culturally relevant sport programming for Indigenous children and youth
  • $300 million over 10 years to the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund
  • $30 million over 5 years to complete the Trans Canada Trail
  • $364 million to the Parks Canada Agency to continue its management of national parks, national marine conservation areas and national historic sites

For more information:

Budget 2017: Building a Stronger Middle Class [Media Release]

CPRA Applauds Federal Government Commitment to Parks and Recreation Opportunities for Canadians [Media Release]