Members and supporters of the Western Arctic Conservative Association (WACA) joined Bal Gosal, Conservative MP for Bramalea – Gore – Malton, for breakfast at the Red Apple Restaurant in Yellowknife on Monday, April 14. There he took the opportunity to express his appreciation for everything the EDA is doing to prepare for the 2015 Federal Election.
He also took the time to hear concerns and suggestions related to the NWT from all participants. Later in the day, Gosal joined with the GNWT to make the following announcement:
Governments of Canada and Northwest Territories sign a bilateral agreement on sport development and participation
April 14, 2014 – Yellowknife – Department of Canadian Heritage
Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport), today joined Robert C. McLeod, Minister of Municipal and Community Affairs for the Government of the Northwest Territories, to announce contributions from the Government of Canada and Government of the Northwest Territories for sport development and participation in the Northwest Territories.
The three-year bilateral agreement involves a federal investment of $934,507 ($252,070 in 2012–2013, $430,367 in 2013–2014, and $252,070 in 2014–2015) with a matching contribution from the Northwest Territories, for a total of $1,869,014.
- The Sport Development and Participation Bilateral Agreement aims to advance the objective “Introduction to Sport”—one of the five goals of the renewed Canadian Sport Policy (2012–2022 )—as well as three of the eight 2012 Federal-Provincial and Territorial (F-P/T) Priorities for Collaborative Action endorsed by F-P/T governments in 2012. These three priorities are:
- supporting introduction-to-sport programming, with a focus on under-represented populations;
- working with Aboriginal communities to identify priorities and undertake initiatives for Aboriginal sport development; and
- supporting Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L).
“Working with provincial and territorial governments to advance important priorities for sport and physical activity in Canada is something our Government is proud to do. We want to make sport participation and athlete development a part of Canadians’ everyday lives.”
—Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport)
“Today’s funding announcement clearly demonstrates that we are committed to working together with all levels of government to increase sport participation in the Northwest Territories. Sport participation and active living are essential to keeping our communities and children healthy and engaged.”
—Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister for the Arctic Council
“Increasing participation in sport and providing opportunities for our youth to increase their physical literacy is a priority of the Government of the Northwest Territories. We are proud to be working with our partners at the Government of Canada to reach these goals.”
—Robert C. McLeod, Minister of Municipal and Community Affairs for the Government of the Northwest Territories