Manitoba to Review Recreational Choices for Youth

Kevin Chief
Children and Youth Opportunities Minister Kevin Chief (CHRISD.CA FILE)

The Manitoba government is taking a look at how it handles recreational programs across the province.

Children and Youth Opportunities Minister Kevin Chief made the announcement Friday in Memorial Park flanked by 400 children and youth leaders from Winnipeg community groups.

“We see an increasing role for recreation in building relationships and healthy communities,” said Chief. “And as the face of our communities is changing, so too is the way Manitobans like to spend their leisure time. We need to stay current and responsive to emerging trends, whether that’s traditional play programs, or a game of cricket or ultimate frisbee.”

The review of Manitoba’s Policy for Recreation Opportunities will begin in the fall to establish effective priorities that reflect the changing face of recreation across the province.

Chief said recreational activities are an effective way to address community issues such as crime prevention, physical activity rates and community development.

The province has contributed more than $2 million this year in children’s recreation programs.