March 31st 2015
The Ontario government is supporting local athletes as they train and prepare to represent Canada at national and international competitions.
This year 18 athletes from Ottawa-Orléans been awarded funding through Ontario’s Quest for Gold program.
This year 1,286 athletes will receive $6,402,500 million in total funding through Ontario’s Quest for Gold program, which supports athletes’ performances at the highest level by:
Providing funding to help them pursue sports training while fulfilling their academic goals
Increasing access to high-performance coaching
Enhancing training and competitive opportunities
Encouraging athletes to stay, live and train in Ontario.
Giving Ontario’s athletes more opportunities to succeed supports the government's efforts to create a healthier province through sport and active recreation. It is also part of the government’s four-part economic plan to build Ontario up by investing in people's talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives, and building a secure savings plan so everyone can afford to retire.
"Ontario's athletes have been performing exceedingly well on the national and international stages. I am proud of our government's commitment to support them. All the people of <<City/Region >>Orléans celebrate our athletes for their strength and dedication and we continue to look forward to watching <<him /her/them>>them compete with the best in the world."
— Marie-France Lalonde, MPP, Ottawa-Orléans
“The Ontario Government is committed to providing the tools, resources and financial support that high performance athletes and coaches need to excel in international competition. Our government is proud to support Ontario athletes as they strive to achieve excellence in sport at all levels of play. We look forward to cheering on all our athletes as they go for gold at the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games and beyond.”
— Michael Coteau, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport and Minister Responsible for the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games
The annual budget of the Quest for Gold program is $9.76 million, divided into two funding streams – enhanced coaching, training and competitive opportunities; and direct financial assistance to athletes.
Quest for Gold has provided Ontario athletes and coaches with more than $90 million in support since the program began in 2006.
Ontario has almost tripled its support for amateur sport from $8.78 million in 2003 to more than $24 million in 2013-14.
This summer’s 2015 Pan Am and Parapan American Games in Ontario will showcase Ontario to an international audience of 250,000 visitors and 10,000 athletes and officials.
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