Greater Toronto Hockey League and Canadian Tire Jumpstart Commit Over $1.5 Million to Bring Hockey Opportunities to Families in Need

The Greater Toronto Hockey League (GTHL) and Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities are excited to announce a partnership that will create greater opportunities in sport for GTHL families in financial need. Starting during the 2019-20 season, funds will be distributed to qualifying families to help alleviate the costs associated with participating in organized hockey, and funding will also be provided to eligible organizations to run programming with a focus on child and community development.

The partnership will see Jumpstart match funds contributed by the GTHL Legacy Fund, comprising total funding of more than $1.5 million over 5 years.

“We are excited for the opportunity to help bring the game of hockey to more families across the Greater Toronto Area,” said GTHL President Don West. GTHL Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer, Scott Oakman added. “The League is extremely grateful for the support of Jumpstart, and looks forward to working with them in growing the game.”

“Jumpstart’s mandate is to remove the financial barriers that prevent kids from getting in the game,” said Scott Fraser, President of Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities, “On behalf of Jumpstart, I am grateful for our partnership with the GTHL, which allows us to help more kids in the Greater Toronto Area, play Canada’s Game: hockey.”

More information on how to apply for funding will be available in the coming weeks.

About the Greater Toronto Hockey League
Founded in 1911, the GTHL is a non-profit organization and the largest minor hockey league in the world. The GTHL registers more than 40,000 annual participants in Mississauga, Toronto, Markham and Vaughan. The purpose of the GTHL is to govern organized hockey for youth within its jurisdiction, and to foster the development of good character, citizenship and sportsmanship.

About Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities

Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities is a national charity dedicated to helping kids overcome financial and accessibility barriers to sport and recreation in an effort to provide inclusive play for kids of all abilities. With an extensive, national network of more than 1,000 grantees and 289 local chapters, Jumpstart helps eligible families cover the costs of registration, transportation, and equipment, and provides funding to selected organizations for recreational infrastructure and programming. Supported by the Government of Canada through Sport Canada and the Canadian Tire Family of Companies, Jumpstart has provided more than two million opportunities for Canadian kids to get in the game since 2005. For more information, visit

Follow Jumpstart on Twitter and Facebook to learn about how the charity is giving kids across Canada a sporting chance.

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