The Ontario Active School Travel Fund seeks to increase active school travel opportunities for elementary students in Ontario. We want more students to walk, cycle, scoot and skateboard for their daily school journeys.
About the OAST Fund
The objective of the Fund is to increase active school travel opportunities for elementary students in Ontario to:
- Prepare students for learning: Active school travel supports mental health and wellness, which are critical to student success, by offering increased opportunities to engage in physical activity. Research has demonstrated a positive correlation between physical activity and improved academic outcomes.
- Improve safety: Active school travel helps to decrease traffic in school zones, thereby improving safety for all students, regardless of travel mode.
The OAST Fund is currently closed to applications, however you can find out more about the funding process and criteria here.
Read our ‘About the Fund’ brochure and the ‘Keys to Success for recipient communities’ summary sheet.
In 2021, Green Communities Canada is awarding a total $1.0 m from the OAST Fund to support local AST initiatives across the province. The funded projects commence March 2021 and run through until June 2022. Find out more about the current projects here.
Between 2018-2020 Green Communities Canada awarded $2.1m from the OAST Fund to support 28 projects that delivered AST initiatives in 52 communities across the province
Click on the profiles below to learn more about each of the projects, and refer to the project directory for an overview of the types of activities involved.
Watch this video about the impact the Fund had in Thunder Bay.
Click on a map marker for project details.