Ontario invests in active school travel

ONTARIO IS committing more than $3 million over the next three years to roll out active school travel across Ontario.

“We’re thrilled that Education Minister Mitzie Hunter is making a powerful investment in student health and well-being by supporting active school travel. Green Communities Canada and our partner Heart & Stroke look forward to working with school communities across the province to boost walking, cycling, and all forms of active transportation,” says GCC Executive Director Clifford Maynes.

Funding was announced this week on the first day of school by Minister Hunter.

Green Communities Canada was out in full force for the announcement, including Senior Program Manager Kate Berry, school travel facilitators Laura Zeglen and Armi De Francia, and ED Clifford Maynes.

Jacky Kennedy, retired long-time director of Canada Walks, also attended. The funding announcement is the culmination of Jacky’s leadership over the past two decades in building the active & safe routes to school movement.

Heart & Stroke was represented by Colleen Hill (Manager, Children and Youth) and Avril Goffredo (interim Ontario CEO).

Watch for a formal launch and further project details in the the coming weeks.

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