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OTF Innovation Grant


The Pickering Football Club is excited to announce that we have received an Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) Seed Grant. This Seed Grant allows us to explore and test innovative ways to increase activity levels among members of priority populations, including newcomers, seniors, people with disabilities, LGBTQ, and indigenous populations in the Pickering/Durham Region.

We were very excited to start our Ontario Trillium Foundation supported research project in 2019.  With the onset of Covid-19, we were forced to pause this project, and are now happy to reignite with a new passion.
Based on previous programming, partnerships, and research, we have identified a number of community groups who remain isolated from recreational opportunities due to barriers including: facility and program accessibility, transportation, cultural awareness & sensitivity and finances, just to name a few. Increasingly, physical activity levels in Ontarian's are declining due to age, ability, time, availability, cost etc., while priority populations continue to experience barriers that reduce access and participation.
This project will allow us to design and test new programs that meet community needs, explore ways to make our facilities more accessible, and find ways to ensure that new programs are sustainable. Our goal is to make the benefits of active participation and an active lifestyle more accessible to priority populations.

We are looking to connect with members of Durham's priority populations to get your feedback on how to improve recreational and sport opportunities in the Durham Region. We are looking for help from community leaders who can assist us in reaching our target populations including: newcomers, seniors, people with disabilities, LGBTQ2+, and indigenous populations.
Starting this September, our research team will be:
1. Releasing a “Barriers to Sport & Recreation” Survey
2. Organizing Webex and In Person Focus Groups & Interviews
3. Facilitating FREE weekly recreation opportunities

We would like to invite all those who are interested in assisting us with this research study to participate in an upcoming focus group.  Please RSVP to Tammy.

We are happy to announce that our Barriers to Sport and Recreation Survey is now available.

This survey should take 10 minutes to complete, and should be completed by members of priority populations including but not limited to: newcomers, seniors, people with disabilities, LGBTQ2+, and indigenous population.

Start Survey HERE

This project is funded in part through a grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

For more info on this exciting project, please email:

Tammy Lyle-Gravlev: Project Coordinator

Laura Ricketts: Project Researcher

Page Updated on: October 25, 2021