MONTRÉAL: Sport and physical activity play a key role in building dynamic and healthy communities. Not only does sport improve self-esteem and leadership skills, but it also enables young people to grow and develop physically, emotionally and socially.
Yesterday, the Honourable Pascale St-Onge, Minister of Sport and Minister responsible for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, announced $500,000 in funding for the Grand défi Pierre Lavoie. The funding will be used to offer activities that promote healthy lifestyles.
Through its various components, like the School Tour, Energy Cubes and 1000 KM, the mission of the Grand défi is to create a culture of preventive healthcare by getting people moving and adopting healthy lifestyles to generate lasting change within the population.
The Government of Canada has supported the Grand défi since 2010. The funding provided has also helped the organization offer its activities elsewhere in the country, in Alberta, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island and Saskatchewan.