From the release:
Ontario's After-School Initiative supports community-based activities and requires local partnerships that can enhance the delivery of programs. Almost 60 per cent of the sites will be in schools, while others will be in settings such as community and recreation centres.The funding and program are actually under the Ministry of Health Promotion, but one wonders, given Pascal, whether this will be folded into the Ministry of Education-- no doubt there is some involvement there as Minister Kathleen Wynne chairs the cabinet committee dealing with the government's response to poverty (or, at least, she did at one point).
Funding under the Ontario After-School Initiative supports costs related to delivering the program, including:
Program equipment, including sports equipment, arts and crafts supplies
- Staff costs such as salaries, benefits
- Staff training
- Healthy food, cooking and food service supplies
In some cases, funds have been requested to support special needs for program delivery. These include:
- Transportation costs to get children and youth from the main venue to other locations (e.g. to the community swimming pool, to the library); and
- Equipment for the facility to encourage teen engagement in after-school programs such as music and gymnastic equipment.
The supported programs are being rolled out in areas with higher at-risk populations first, with the remaining areas to follow. According to the release implementation began at the beginning of the school year.