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Saputo Grants: Deadlines - Quarterly

Added on Apr 17, 2014

This program provides grants to organizations that share Saputo's objectives such as the promotion of nutrition, physical activity and entrepreneurship among youth. Apply online.

Deadline: Committee meets Jan, April, July and Oct. Requests must be made at least 4 weeks in advance of projects.

Mountain Equipment Co-op's Community Contributions Program (several categories): Deadlines - May 1, Sept 10, Oct 1

Added on Apr 17, 2014

This program supports:

  •  Impactful and strategic grassroots, not-for-profit organizations (registered charitable status is not required)
  • Outcome-oriented projects that focus on conserving ecologically or recreationally important places
  • Outcome-oriented projects that focus on inspiring and enabling people to experience nature and be active outdoors in one or more of the following self-propelled outdoor activities MEC supports: cycling, hiking, trail-running, outdoor climbing, paddling, cross-country/backcountry skiing, and snowshoeing.


  • Land Acquisition, Capacity Building, Advocacy & Awareness, and Access & Activity Projects: September 10 (midnight Pacific Time)
  • For Expedition Support: May 1, and October 1 (midnight Pacific Time)


IGNITE Ontario Grants: Deadline - May 5, 2014

Added on Apr 17, 2014

IGNITE Ontario will provide project-based funding to TO2015 IGNITE participants to develop celebrations and community engagement initiatives in communities across Ontario leading up to and during the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.

Eligibility: Must already be/apply to be a TO2015 Ignite community partner
Deadline: apply through Grants Ontario by May 5, 2014 at 5 p.m.
Contact: Kamaljeet Singh at

Jumpstart Parasport Fund: Deadline - Ongoing

Added on Apr 17, 2014

This fund helps to support the costs of sports and recreational programs for children ages 4-18, who are financially disadvantaged and living with a disability. Funds may be used towards registration, transportation and equipment costs for children within approved Parasport programs.

Eligibility: Must become a community partner.

Deadline: Ongoing
Contact: Matthew Johnson (Jumpstart) or Laura Ferris               (Canadian Paralympic Committee)

Participaction Teen Challenge Micro Grants: Deadline - Ongoing

Added on Apr 17, 2014

Registered Community Organizations from across the country are able to apply for ParticipACTION Teen Challenge Micro Grants of $500 for ongoing programs and $250 for one-time events to access facilities, instruction, equipment, transportation or nutrition to enable teens to get active and have fun in ways that mean something to them.

Deadline: Ongoing
Contact: Greg Matthews at

RBC Play Hockey Grants: Application deadline May 23

Added on Apr 17, 2014

RBC Play Hockey offers grants of $1,000 to $10,000 to community hockey organizations and sports associations to teach kids across Canada how to skate. In conjunction with their partner Hockey Canada, the RBC Play Hockey Grants program support Learn to Skate programs in communities across the country.

Deadline: Submit your application before 4 p.m. EST on May 23, 2014.

Canadian Athletes Now Fund: Application deadline Aug 28

Added on Apr 17, 2014

The Canadian Athletes Now Fund (CAN Fund) is a not for profit organization devoted to raising funds and awareness for Canadian athletes. 


  • Any active national team athlete who is training to represent Canada Internationally.
  • Summer, Winter, Able-bodied and Paralympic athletes
  • Two applications a year.

Next Deadline: Thursday, August 28, 2014, 5pm EST

  • The Application will be available: Monday, July 28, 2014 10am EST


Targeted Initiatives from CAAWS: Application deadline June 20

Added on Apr 17, 2014

The Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS) will award ten Targeted Initiatives to Ontario-based organizations interested in addressing the psycho-social factors that impact women and girls’ participation in sport and physical activity through participation, leadership or capacity building projects.

Applications deadlines are February 20th, June 20th, and October 20th.

Town of Innisfail willing to look at new support policy

Added on Apr 16, 2014

Town officials in Innisfail say if it is determined that there is a need, and a willingness by town council to move forward, they are prepared to look at options to help financially challenged citizens have access to Innisfail’s fee-based recreational facilities, including the aquatic centre.

Terry Welsh, the town’s director of community services, said any effort to develop a plan for council to consider would involve a thorough examination of a number of factors, adding that any option forwarded to council to consider must have the least amount of administrative impact as possible and designed with assurances that information from Innisfail’s vulnerable would be provided on a confidential basis.

Johnnie Bachusky, Innisfail Province

Minister Aglukkaq Announces Support to Help put Students on Ice - Program supports youth and Aboriginal leadership and fosters understanding and respect for the Arctic

Added on Apr 15, 2014

OTTAWA, April 14, 2014 /CNW/ - Today, the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, announced Parks Canada's sponsorship of student participation in Students on Ice, an award-winning organization offering unique educational expeditions to the Antarctic and the Arctic. Through this unique initiative, Parks Canada is supporting youth and Aboriginal leadership development and building connections between northern and southern Canada.

Through a three year agreement, Parks Canada will contribute approximately $150,000 a year to sponsor 13 new student participants per year in the Students on Ice program - seven selected from the North and six from the South.

For the seven students selected in the North, Parks Canada will be creating seven new summer jobs in northern national parks. The application process for these northern positions will be launched on the Parks Canada website ( The six students selected from the South have been identified through an established selection process for Parks Canada summer jobs in Montreal, Toronto andVancouver.

The 13 students will be together July 9-24, 2014 as Students on Ice participate in a ship and land-based expedition exploring the eastern Canadian Arctic and western Greenland. In this first year, the program will feature Torngat Mountains National Park (Labrador). This program will be offered again in 2015, featuring Sirmilik National Park (Nunavut), and in 2016 featuring Auyuittuq National Park (Nunavut).

Quick Facts

  • In addition to a summer job with Parks Canada, the selected students will fully participate in the Students on Ice program and will be assigned a project to reach out and connect with Canada's youth through videography and other social media.
  • The participants will have an opportunity to promote their Arctic experiences to Parks Canada visitors and through urban outreach.
  • Canada's North is home to some of the world's most spectacular scenery, unique wildlife and pristine wilderness. Northern national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas are key natural, cultural, recreation and tourism assets.
  • Parks Canada has a number of existing programs that engage young Canadians, including: My Parks Pass; Canada'sCoolest School Trip; the Parks Canada Youth Ambassador Program; and engaging interpretive and educational experiences at many parks and sites. Through projects like these, Parks Canada seeks to better connect with young Canadians and share the treasures of our collective heritage with the next generation.


"I'm proud to support participation in the Students on Ice Program. Through this initiative, our Government is contributing to the development of future youth and northern Aboriginal leaders, helping to build bridges between Northern and Southern Canada, and increasing connection among Canada's youth to Parks Canada's special places."

The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada

"Students on Ice is thrilled to be working with Parks Canada to help provide 13 youth with an inspiring, once-in-a-lifetime educational opportunity in the Canadian Arctic. By working together, we will help these future leaders foster a new understanding and respect for the Arctic, the planet and become globally minded ambassadors."

Geoff Green, Founder, Executive Director and Expedition Leader, Students on Ice

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About Parks Canada

Parks Canada works to ensure that Canada's historic and natural heritage is presented and protected for the enjoyment, education and appreciation of all Canadians, today and in the future. Through a network of 44 national parks, 167 national historic sites and four national marine conservation areas, Parks Canada sets the stage and invites Canadians, as well as people from around the world, to engage in personal moments of inspiring discovery of our treasured natural and historic places.

About Students on Ice

Students on Ice is an award-winning organization offering unique educational expeditions to the Antarctic and the Arctic. Their mandate is to provide students, educators and scientists from around the world with inspiring educational opportunities at the ends of the Earth and, in doing so, help them foster a new understanding and respect for the planet.

SOURCE Parks Canada

 For further information:

Office of the Minister of the Environment

Ashley Brasfield
Manager, Communications and Media Relations
Students on Ice