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Tackling the Issues

Children who face a multitude of socio-economic barriers are held back from being fully involved in their communities.  We know that when traditional social interventions are combined with sport, it amplifies results.  We work to level the playing field for children- giving them access to programs and projects while intentionally addressing the development of life-skills, to support their physical and mental well-being. 
Each season, MLSE Foundation works with corporate and community partners to provide sport programs, sport grants and sport space revitalization projects to communities across the GTA.
Community Grants

  • Less than 10% of Ontario’s youth are getting the recommended hour of daily physical activity
  • Learn how we’re ensuring youth get off the sidelines by giving to inspiring organizations through our grant programs here

Community Programs

  • Parents spend an average of $579 each year for their children to participate in sport, making it unaffordable for more than 44% of children living in low-income households
  • Learn how our free Kickstart, Hockey In the Neighbourhood and Homecourt Hoops programming is giving children and youth an opportunity to get in the game here

Community Spaces

  • By 2005 only 51% of children aged 5 to 14 (2.0 million children) regularly took part in sports during the previous 12 months
  • Learn how we are ensuring youth have access to sport in their own communities, by refurbishing athletic facilities here

MLSE LaunchPad

  • For many youth, the road to educational and employment success is blocked with multiple barriers.  40% of youth drop-out rates occur before the age of 16 and only 43.5% of eligible youth have jobs in Toronto
  • Less than 10% of Ontario’s youth are getting the recommended hour of daily physical activity, and approximately 1 in 5 youth experience a mental health issue
  • Learn how MLSE LaunchPad is changing the game for youth who face barriers through sport here


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