Covid-19 support from the Government of Canada

This has been a tough year for everyone, and charities are no exception.  We rely heavily on fundraisers and private donations to raise money to run our programs, and during these times of social distancing, this has been very challenging.  We have pivoted and been creative and we are SO thankful to all those who participated in all of the online fundraising efforts over the past 8 months!

Another source of our funding comes from various grants, and these have also been impacted during this time.  We were fortunate to receive Covid-19 relief funding and we are very thankful that Kids Can Fly is supported by the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund and Community Foundations of Canada.

Thank you to the government of Canada and all of the community members and local businesses who continue to support us in so many ways!

Kids Can Fly makes presentation to pre-budget consultations

ImaginationlibraryKids Can Fly were invited to give input into the upcoming provincial budget through a pre-budget consultations that are taking place throughout Ontario. 

Sharon Brooks, Executive Director of Kids Can Fly spoke to the Minister of Finance, Charles Sousa and the Minister of Community and Social Services,  Ted McMeekin about the economic value of investing in Imagination Library for all preschool children in Ontario! 

According to research and the World Bank, for every dollar that is invested in the early years, the Province would save $17 in social services, health, policing, incarceration, rehabilitation and other costs.  To register a child in the Imagination Library, the cost is $60/per year for the first five years of their life.  Therefore for a $300 investment in every child in Ontario, the Province would save $5100! 

For the Kids Can Fly full submission: 

Ontario Pre-Budget Consultations 2013

 Please make your comments below or contact your local MPP to support this proposal.

 “Dream More, Learn More, Care More and Be More.”

Dolly Parton         

Kids Can Fly receives Ontario Trillium Grant

Thursday, April 12, 2012

The Ontario Trillium Foundation has made a significant investment in enriching the lives of young children in Brant.  MPP Dave Levac and Larry Davis, from the Ontario Trillium Grant Review team announced that Kids Can Fly will receive a grant of 81 thousand dollars over the course of two years to fund the Imagination Library.

Imagination Library is an amazing opportunity for children to receive free books in the mail from birth to age five.  It was established by country singer Dolly Parton in 1996 and brought to Brant in 2009 by Kids Can Fly in partnership with the Rotary Club of Brantford-Sunrise.  Funding from both Rotary Clubs now allow Kids Can Fly to register about 200 children per year.

The children begin to receive quality, age appropriate books in the mail, once a month.  If a baby is registered at birth they will have received a library of 60 books when they reach their 5th birthday!

Kids Can Fly and the Brant-Brantford Roundtable on Poverty partnered to apply for this new funding.

The research on the impact of Imagination Library shows that it brings families together with parents reading more to their children and spending more time interacting.

Children who have had the benefit of Imagination Library tend to arrive at kindergarten with larger vocabularies, heighten creativity and showing excitement about learning new things. In Brant 25% of children are not ready when they start kindergarten and 28% of high-school students do not graduate.  When these students are not able to complete their schooling they are more likely to live in poverty.

The new allocation of funds from the Ontario Trillium Foundation will allow for 700 more children to participate in the program.

Kids Can Fly is continuing to raise funds for the Imagination Library and their goal is to enrol every child born in Brant in the program.  If you would like to sponsor a child for the Imagination Library click

Giving Bullied Students Hope

Today, Premier Dalton McGuinty delivered a simple message to Ontario students who are bullied or feel alone: it gets better, and we can make it better, together.

The Premier met students at L’Amoreaux Collegiate Institute in Toronto, where he also released his “It Gets Better” video, which encourages students, teachers, parents and community members to do their part to help end bullying and intolerance.

New legislation, to be introduced today would, if passed, help make Ontario schools safer and more accepting places to learn by proposing:

  • Tougher consequences for bullying and hate-motivated actions — up to, and including, expulsion.
  • Requiring all schools to support any students who want to lead activities that promote understanding, acceptance and respect for all.
  • Requiring school boards to develop policies and guidelines that include greater supports for students.


“For our kids to learn and reach their full potential they need to feel safe, secure and free to be who they are in our schools. Too many of our kids are being bullied and we all need to do more than just tell them it gets better — we need to work together to make it better now.”

— Dalton McGuinty, Premier of Ontario

“We have taught our children three fundamental “Rs” in school — Reading, Writing and Arithmetic — but now we need to also focus on the fourth “R” – Relationships.”

— Laurel Broten, Minister of Education


  • Ontario was the first province in Canada to legally require school staff to report serious student incidents to principals.
  • Bullying is a form of repeated, persistent and aggressive behaviour intended to cause fear, distress, or harm to another person’s body, feelings, self-esteem or reputation.
  • A 2011 national survey found that 64 per cent of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) students and 61 per cent of students with LGBTQ parents feel unsafe at school.


Watch Premier McGuinty’s It Gets Better video.

To find out more about combating bullying visit

See more of the It Gets Better project.