Ontario Helping People with Disabilities Stay Active

Ontario Helping People with Disabilities Stay Active

Variety Village to receive funding for sport and recreation programming in 2021-22

July 08, 2021

Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries

TORONTO — The Ontario government is supporting Variety Village with $1 million in 2021-22 to help ensure they can continue to offer programs and services as the province navigates a safe reopening from COVID-19.

“Our government recognizes the significance of the amateur sport and recreation community in Ontario and is committed to ensuring they remain strong and vital through this difficult time by supporting not-for-profit recreation providers, like Variety Village,” said Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries. “Programming at Variety Village promotes accessibility and inclusion, and with this funding we’re keeping sport and recreation at the heart of Ontario’s communities while being accessible for all.”

Variety Village delivers programs and services thorough sport, fitness, wellness, education, training and skill development that are diverse while promoting appreciation, interaction, empowerment and inclusion opportunities for people with disabilities. This funding will help Variety Village provide physical activity programs for individuals of all ages at its 178,000-square-foot health and fitness facilities located in Scarborough, as well as through program partners and virtual offerings across the province.

“Staying active and engaged within communities is essential for living healthy lives,” said Raymond Cho, Minister for Seniors and Accessibility. “Today’s announcement helps people with disabilities in Scarborough, and across Ontario, to stay active through the great work offered at Variety Village.”

“We are building a stronger and more inclusive Ontario through our support for critical services such as Variety Village,” said Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Children, Community and Social Services. “This funding will ensure that individuals continue to receive the support they need to participate more fully in their community.”

The Ontario government is committed to working with sector partners, like Variety Village, to create more opportunities for children, youth, families and athletes to play safely. Through programs like these, sport and recreation continue to be at the heart of Ontario’s communities and accessible to all.

“Variety’s community remains grateful to the Government of Ontario for its steadfast commitment to accessible sport and recreation. Through capital and operational support to Variety Village, the government has ensured that all kids will be able to return to play,” said Karen Stintz, President & CEO, Variety Village. “The impact of the pandemic has been particularly difficult for children with a disability but through our camps and programs, these kids will be able to get off the sidelines and into the game.”

While the province works towards recovery, the government wants to ensure Ontario’s sport and recreation sector is strong, vibrant and remains a source of pride, and makes a positive impact on the lives of Ontarians.

Quick Facts

  • The government has been providing annual funding to Variety Village since 2002.


“Variety Village is providing various essential programs and services to our society and promoting Scarborough residents to live a healthy and active life. Their presence in our community is highly valued. I am honoured to join Minister MacLeod to make this major funding announcement so that the Village can continue providing their diverse options to our youth and disabled persons so that they can fulfil their potentials and become contributing members of our city and province.”

– Aris Babikian
MPP for Scarborough—Agincourt

“Variety village is a staple in the Scarborough community and has been an invaluable resource to countless families impacted by disability. Our government’s funding of $1 million will help this organization to continue supporting families well into the future by providing physical activity programs for persons of all needs and ages.”

– Christina Mitas
MPP for Scarborough Centre

“This funding to Variety Village will empower all children regardless of ability. This investment will provide a direct impact on children’s socialization, mobility and learning.”

– Vijay Thanigasalam
MPP for Scarborough—Rouge Park

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