FREDERICTON, N.B. – The provincial government is fulfilling its commitment to double the funding for sport, recreation and wellness by investing an additional $1.5 million in those sectors in 2014-15.
The announcement was made by Healthy and Inclusive Communities Minister Dorothy Shephard during the presentation of the department's main budget estimates.
“Today, New Brunswick stands at a crossroads and our 2014-15 budget will help us continue with our plan towards a healthier population,” said Shephard. “These new funds will allow people to have access to first-rate programs so they will be active, healthy and enjoy a better quality of life.”
The Sport and Recreation Branch as well as the Wellness Branch are each receiving a 25 per cent funding increase for the fourth consecutive year.
Provincial, regional and local sport and recreation agencies will benefit from these additional funds. The new investments will:
● allow provincial sport and recreation organizations to strengthen the delivery of their programs and services;
● encourage sport participation, as well as support leadership development for coaches and officials; and
● enhance the development and competitiveness of New Brunswick sport teams.
The department will also increase funding to wellness initiatives across the province such as:
● the School Wellness Grant Program;
● the Wellness Movement;
● tobacco-free living and food security;
● employee, school and community mental fitness promotion;
● wellness promotion with First Nation and aboriginal people; and
● Get Outside! NB
“These additional investments will also allow us to better serve our province's seniors, youth, persons living in poverty, as well as persons with disabilities,” said Shephard. “It is by investing in our communities that we will create a more inclusive New Brunswick. Today's investments highlight our commitment to put our resources to work and our most precious resource is our people.”