The Lawson Foundation just announced the launch of the second phase of its Outdoor Play Strategy and an investment of $4.95 million in 8 demonstration projects that will benefit Early Learning and Child Care across Canada. This strategy and investment are aligned with the Foundation’s long-standing advocacy for universal, high-quality, publicly funded Early Learning and Child Care and advance our pursuit of equitable access to outdoor play-based early learning for all young children in Canada.

To read more on the Lawson Foundation’s second phase of the Outdoor Play Strategy, please visit this link:

A complete list of the funded projects is available here:

We are delighted to congratulate Outdoor Play Canada (Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute Inc., Ottawa, ON) for being one of the grantees!

Outdoor Play Canada

Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute Inc., Ottawa, ON


Outdoor Play Canada (OPC) is a network of advocates, practitioners, researchers and organizations working together to promote, protect, and preserve access to outdoor play. OPC aims to galvanize the outdoor play movement across Canada and power it to new levels. This project focuses on five areas: 1) establish and operate OPC, 2) provide leadership and strategic direction for the outdoor play sector, 3) serve as a central portal of credible information on the outdoor play sector in Canada, 4) amplify efforts and successes related to outdoor play, 5) convene and facilitate collaborations among members of the outdoor play movement.

For more information about this project, please contact: Louise de Lannoy, Research Manager —

To read more about OPC, please visit the OPC website:

Congratulations to OPC and all the recipients of Lawson Foundation’s $4.95M investment in outdoor play projects!