TORONTO, April 29, 2023 – Mayoral candidate Anthony Perruzza announced his Three to Six plan to make city-run after-school recreation programs free for children and youth in the city.
“Young people need to have safe and enriching activities after school,” said Perruzza. “No child should be left out because of city fees. Making after-school recreation programs free provides our children with opportunities to learn new skills, build friendships, and stay active.”
As mayor, Perruzza will make all city programs for children and youth free from 3pm to 6pm in city recreation centres and in schools. Perruzza’s Three to Six plan ensures that children in Toronto have the opportunity to participate in recreational activities, regardless of their family’s income.
Scarborough School Trustee Neethan Shan says he looks forward to seeing Perruzza’s plan expanded to local schools.
“Opening schools after hours for city programs will benefit children and youth, and it’s a great help to working parents,” said Shan. “Families can trust that their kids are safe, active and learning right in their own community. I want to see this program expanded to all children in Toronto.”
Children and youth across the city will have open access to recreational programs, without putting a financial burden on families said Perruzza.
“There’s a huge demand for recreation programs for children and youth. Investing in our children’s future and supporting families is a top priority, and this is just the beginning of what we can accomplish when we invest in Torontonians,” said Perruzza.
The cost of making existing after-school city programs free on school days from Three to Six will cost less than $7 million. Perruzza will also allocate $15 million to begin expanding this program to Toronto schools.