Government of Canada announces funding for 2022 Canada Games in Niagara region
Additional funding to the 2022 Canada Summer Games Host Society will help cover increased operational costs due to the COVID-19 pandemic and postponement of the Games
NIAGARA REGION, ON, August 3, 2021 / CNW / – The Canada Games play an important role in preparing the next generation of from Canada national team athletes to win the podium on the international stage providing them with valuable training and competition experience.
Today, the Honorable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage, announced an investment of up to $ 1.1 million for the Host Society of the 2022 Canada Summer Games in the Niagara region. This funding will help cover additional costs due to the postponement of the Games and the impacts of COVID-19. The Games, which were originally scheduled for summer 2021, have been postponed until August 6 to 21, 2022. The 2022 Canada Games will have a major impact on the Niagara region and leave a lasting legacy for future athletes, the community, the province and the country as a whole.
The Games play an important role in the development of young Canadian athletes, showcasing sporting and cultural talents from across the country, celebrating diversity and inclusion, and nurturing Canadian pride. They bring us all together to celebrate the best of the Canadian spirit.
Canadian athletes are a great source of national pride, and the Canada The Games play an important role in the development of the next generation of national, international, Olympic and Paralympic champions. Among Canadian athletes participating in Tokyo this summer, several of them have already participated in the Canada Games. Their determination and passion is an inspiration to Canadians, especially children and young athletes who dream of being on the podium.
“Our government is proud to strengthen its support for the largest multi-sport event in the country, the Canada Games. These Games are a great opportunity for athletes to showcase their skills and do Canada proud. We look forward to celebrating with all of you and experiencing this event with the athletes, coaches, volunteers and people of the Niagara region. “
—The Honorable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage
“When Niagara hosted the 2021 Canada Summer Games in 2017, no one expected the enormous challenges the COVID-19 pandemic would create as the Host Society prepares to host this unique event in our community. From the difficult decision to delay the Games, to construction delays caused by the pandemic, additional costs would certainly change the Games. This funding will ensure that Niagara hosts the best Canada Summer Games possible and that the success of the event is not limited due to the challenges of the global pandemic. ”
—Chris Bittle, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and MP (St. Catharines)
“The pandemic has affected the lives of so many people through Canada, and the Niagara region is no exception. The 2022 Canada Summer Games provide the Niagara region with a unique opportunity to create a lasting legacy and will play a key role in training the next generation of from Canada national team athletes for podium success. This additional federal investment will ensure that facilities are Games-ready and available in our region for decades to come.
—Vance Badawey, MP (Niagara Center)
“We are very grateful to the federal government for its additional support for the Niagara 2022 Canada Summer Games. While the decision to postpone our Games for a year was a difficult decision that came with additional challenges, it was definitely the right decision. Ultimately, with the additional support, we will be able to host the Games that were originally envisioned, Games that will bring together Canadians from all parts of our country for a national celebration in the Niagara region. “
—Doug Hamilton, Chair of the Niagara 2022 Canada Summer Games Board of Directors
The Canada Summer Games were originally scheduled to be held in the Niagara region, Ontario, of August 6 to 22, 2021. Over 5,000 participants from all provinces and territories are expected to compete in 18 sports.
The government of Canada had committed an initial amount of $ 11.422 million to support the Host Society of the 2022 Canada Games. This includes $ 1.072 million to support a pilot project to add box lacrosse to the Games. Lacrosse is the oldest organized sport in North America and has been played by indigenous people for centuries.
In 2020, the 2022 Canada Games Host Society signed a Memorandum of Understanding with a new Indigenous Partnership Council that will aim to strengthen the presence and engagement of Indigenous communities in events leading up to and during the Summer Games. of Canada of 2022.
SOURCE Canadian Heritage
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