Mr. Speaker, I wish to highlight last Sunday's successful national launch of the Canadian Tire Foundation for Families jumpstart program here in the capital region.
Less than one-third of Canadian children from low income families participate in organized sports and recreation. Jumpstart is a community-based charitable program from the Canadian Tire Foundation for Families that helps kids in need participate in organized sports and recreational activities like hockey, soccer and swimming. It is delivered by a nationwide network of local chapters that are made up of leaders from our local communities, including volunteer agencies, sports and recreation associations, as well as Canadian Tire dealers and petroleum agents. It aims to help 20,000 children in its first year alone.
I offer my congratulations to Martha Billes, chair of the Canadian Tire Foundation for Families; Wayne Sales, president of Canadian Tire; and the many partner organizations that are helping Canada's disadvantaged kids get physically active.