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Mississauga Council Receives Mayor's Task Force on Sport Report

May 17, 2011

On May 11, Mississauga City Council received a document entitled Sports Task Force Report Outline and advised staff to report back on the recommendations.

According to the presentation made by the task force at Council, The Sports Task Force Report represents more than a year of community consultation that included community sports groups, boards of education, business leaders and tourism. Surveys and focus groups were conducted and other sports strategies across Canada were reviewed.

"Residents’ engagement in sports is very important," said Mayor Hazel McCallion. "Sports are not a cost, but an investment in the future health, wellness, and happiness of our citizens. This task force has helped us understand the needs of the community."

Recommendations in the report include:

1. Create an 'Executive Director for Participation in Sport' established by the City.
2. Establish a Sports Board of Directors to provide leadership in determining the priorities and direction for sport.
3. Examine opportunities for strengthening and enhancing facilities to ensure accessibility by all residents.
4. Develop a Physical Literacy Action Plan with the goal of ensuring opportunities in sport and physical activity for all residents based on their interests and skill levels.
5. Develop a Volunteer Recognition and Recruitment Program for the community sport volunteers that recognize their contributions to the administration, maintenance, and growth of sport in Mississauga.
6. Create opportunities for the City, the community sports groups and the key stakeholders to have a voice and the opportunity to be included.

"Sports benefits go far beyond the positive health effects of physical activity," said Paul Mitcham, commissioner Community Services. "Sports benefits are not limited to individuals and help to strengthen communities by building social capital and fostering relationships."

Mitcham added, "Community Services has been tasked to review the report and we look forward to providing our feedback to Council."

About the Mayor’s Task Force on Sport
The Mayor’s Task Force on Sport was established in January 2010 by Mayor Hazel McCallion with a view of developing recommendations for the sustainability and future of sport in Mississauga. The members of the Mayor’s Task Force on Sport were selected from leaders in the community with experience and knowledge in a variety of sports as well as experience and expertise in the business community.

As Canada's sixth largest city, Mississauga is home to 734,000 residents and 55,000 businesses, including 63 Fortune 500 companies with Canadian head offices or major divisional head offices. A diverse, progressive and award-winning municipality located on the shores of Lake Ontario in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area, Mississauga is "Leading Today for Tomorrow" by focussing on delivering services, implementing its Strategic Plan, delivering value for money, maintaining infrastructure and continuing to be an employer of choice.

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