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Seven Cycling BC Clubs to Receive Funding for Inclusive HopOn Programming

27 Clubs Receive Funding for Inclusive HopOn Programming

Ottawa, ON (March 30, 2023) – Cycling Canada has selected 27 cycling clubs to receive Community Sport for All Initiative (CSAI) funding, which will facilitate improved affordability, availability and accessibility towards the goal of cycling for all.

Cycling Canada will distribute a total of $398,479 to support the implementation and development of HopOn programming nationwide. Particular focus was given to applications aimed at removing barriers to increase cycling participation for underrepresented groups, particularly Black, Indigenous, newcomers to Canada and persons with a disability.

“Support for community sport reinforces the Government of Canada’s commitment to building stronger and healthier communities. Sport plays an important role in building self-esteem and leadership skills, which allow people to grow and thrive physically, emotionally and socially,” said the Honourable Pascale St-Onge, Minister of Sport and Minister responsible for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec. “It should be accessible to all. Everyone deserves the opportunity to take part in sport and physical activity.”

Adam van Koeverden, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health and to the Minister of Sport, added, “Sport, physical activity and recreation are catalysts to a healthier lifestyle, happier people and better-connected communities. Opportunities to play, move and learn new activities should be available for absolutely everyone. We are committed to supporting initiatives that will help us realize our goal of a more inclusive sport system that benefits all Canadians. This Community Sport for All partnership with Cycling Canada will support that ambition.”

The CSAI funding recipients are:

Cycling Club Province/Territory
Burnaby Velodrome Club BC
Centre National De Cyclisme de Bromont QC
Club cycliste d’Amos QC
Club Cycliste Espoirs Laval QC
Club Cycliste Jeunesse Lanaudière, Les Dérailleurs QC
Compétition Vélo2Max St-Félicien QC
Connect the North Cycling BC
Crazy Creek Cycling NS
Cycling Association Yukon YK
Cyclones de Granby QC
Dalbix QC
Équipe MaKadence-Primeau Vélo QC
Escape Veolocity/DEVO BC
Golden Horseshoe Cycling ON
Groupe plein air Terrebonne QC
HopOn Chase BC
iBike Camp NF
Indigenous Youth MTB BC
KW Cycling Academy ON
Nakusp & Area Bike Society BC
National Cycling Institute Milton ON
Neepawa Kids of Mud MB
Peterborough Cycling Club ON
River City Cycle Club BC
The Keppoch NS
Valley Devo NS

More information on the recipients can be found on the HopOn website.

The clubs, which are each affiliated with their respective Provincial/Territorial Sport Organization (PTSO), received a maximum amount of $20,000 to be used towards:

  • Training National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) certified Instructors and Learning Facilitators
  • Program subsidies (e.g., registration fees)
  • Equipment needs (bikes, helmets, trailer, maintenance, insurance, etc.)

“This funding is a step towards removing barriers for underserved and underrepresented groups,” said Cycling Association of Yukon Director, Steven Biss. “By subsidizing programming, we allow equity-deserving groups an equal opportunity to access these programs. By training Instructors from the communities, we increase representation so participants see themselves reflected in their instructors. HopOn can become an annual community event where families and youth are encouraged to start the journey of lifelong active participation through cycling.”

The funding is made possible by the Community Sport for All Initiative (CSAI) component of the Sport Canada Sport Support Program, which seeks to remove barriers and increase sport participation rates for underrepresented groups. More information on the HopOn program can be found here.

Source: Cycling Canada

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Cycling Canada is one of the oldest national sport organizations in Canada and has one simple purpose: to inspire Canadians to cycle. Cycling Canada administers programs to promote and grow cycling across the country, hosts national and international events and manages the National Team in all levels of international competition.