Ontario Government Invests in The Next Play and Creates Opportunities for Girls in Sport and Recreation 

The Next Play program will equip 50 Ontario-based community organizations with tools and resources to engage more girls and gender-diverse youth in active recreation

Toronto, ON (Friday, March 8, 2024) – The Ontario government announced an investment of $380,000 in Canadian Women & Sport’s The Next Play program aimed at creating more opportunities for girls and gender-diverse youth to be active.  

“So many organizations and communities are ready to do the work of designing sport that truly works for diverse girls,” says Allison Sandmeyer-Graves, CEO of Canadian Women & Sport. “On International Women’s Day, we’re thrilled to announce this continued investment by the Ontario government which will provide new opportunities to create lasting change and inspire inclusion in our communities.” 

The Next Play program empowers sport leaders with tools and resources to engage more girls and gender-diverse youth from diverse backgrounds in active recreation. This year, 50 community organizations across Ontario will complete training to counter gender bias in program design and receive grants to help engage more girls in sport and active recreation. In 2023, 180 sport leaders from 90 organizations participated in The Next Play and engaged more than 3,000 girls across Ontario in community-based programming. 

“Our government is proud to support the continued efforts of Canadian Women & Sport to create more opportunities for girls to realize the benefits of participating in active recreation,” said Neil Lumsden, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. “This funding will expand the important impact that The Next Play program is having in communities across the province, removing barriers and improving the physical and mental well-being of even more Ontarians.”  

Applications for The Next Play are now open for Ontario-based sport, physical activity and recreation organizations.  


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Canada Women & Sport

Greg McIsaac 

Junction Communications 



Ontario Government:

Uppekha Allani