Everybody Gets to Play

Organization Sponsor: Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (CPRA)

Organization Partner: Public Health Agency of Canada


Program Description

Everybody Gets to Play is a national initiative to enhance the quality of life
for low-income families and their children by removing barriers to
participation in sport and recreation (e.g. user fees, transportation issues,
a lack of family support and barriers related to language and culture).
This initiative provides:
*Research and facts about poverty in Canada, the health and social
consequences of poverty, and how recreation can improve the lives
of kids, families and communities;
*Resources to help practitioners build partnerships in their community and plan effective action;
*Workshops that help practitioners build skills, raise awareness and
mobilize your community; and
*Success stories about programs that have already made a

Through the Ministry of Health Promotion grant, The Everybody Gets to
Play Workshops were delivered in 5 communities across Ontario (Toronto,
Ottawa, North Bay, Thunder Bay, and London).

CPRA also provided Everybody Gets to Play Tool Kits to Ministry
staff/regional consultants to assist their efforts in supporting communities to
mobilize to remove barriers to recreation for low-income children and youth
(following delivery of Everybody Gets to Play Workshops).

CPRA is a national voluntary-sector organization dedicated to realizing the
full potential of parks and recreation services as a major contributor to
community health and vibrancy. Members of CPRA include parks and
recreation professionals represented in over 2,600 communities in
CPRA works closely with 13 provincial and territorial parks and recreation
associations and collaborates with a host of other national organizations
operating in the recreation, physical activity, environmental, facilities,
sports, public health, crime prevention and social services arenas.
Additional Partners:Public Health Agency of Canada - Physical Activity Unit
Public Safety Canada's National Crime Prevention Centre (NCPC)
International Playground Equipment Manufacturers Association (IPEMA)

Funding Sources: 

In 2005-06, the Ministry of Health Promotion provided a grant to CPRA through the Communities in Action Fund to help deliver the Everybody Gets to Play program.

Strategies For Sustainability: 

The Everybody Gets to Play initiative is designed to help recreation practitioners and volunteers, who operate programs to assist low-income children and youth, mobilize the resources already available in their

Impact Of Program: 

Over 2,500 practitioners, working with low-income children and youth have been involved in this initiative across the province of Ontario since the inception of the program in 2000.

Evaluation Tools: 

Everyone Gets to Play Tool Kit Evaluation

Key Elements Towards Success: 

Research shows that children in low-income families are far less involved in recreational pursuits than their peers in families with average and above average incomes. Everybody Gets to Play identifies the barriers in order to increase participation.

Challenges To Meet Them: 

Develop face to face training program for the Tool Kit.
Work with provincial partners to develop strong communication strategy to promote the
Tool Kit training strategy within the provinces.

Length and Stage of Project: 

The Everybody Gets to Play program has been in operation since 2000 and continues to operate today. Additional components are added each year such as a nutritional supplement and Aboriginal component.

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