The Ontario Government, through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, announced today that Canadian Sport Institute Ontario (CSIO) will receive legacy funding of $8.06 million over three years, as part of the province’s Promotion, Celebration and Legacy strategy.
The investment will provide CSIO with the opportunity to offer enhanced support to Ontario’s high performance athletes and coaches in many ways including the purchase of new sport science, sport medicine and training equipment for CSIO’s new home at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre, and new CSIO satellite venues at the Milton Velodrome and Pan Am Games Athletics Stadium. The new equipment will optimize world-class daily training environments for athletes, helping to successfully prepare athletes and coaches for achieving international podium success.
CSIO will also be able to expand the number of sports serviced through the Ontario High Performance Sport Initiative and the Ontario National Centre Program, as well as provide professional development opportunities for Ontario high performance coaches and technical leaders.
In addition, the funds will allow CSIO to hire additional sport scientists to support the expanded number of partnered sports, and hire an additional Game Plan advisor to expand the number of athletes supported during their transition into, within and out of sport.
“The legacy funding will allow CSIO to provide Ontario’s high performance athletes and coaches with world-class facilities, programs, and services for years to come,” said Debbie Low, Chief Executive Officer of CSIO. “We are grateful to the Ontario Government for recognizing the continued need to invest in high performance sport in Ontario and building the legacy of the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan Am Games. The support will allow CSIO to further the development of the high performance sport system in Ontario and power athletes to achieve international podium performances.”
“The opportunity to provide athletes with financial support and increased access to training facilities and sport science experts at the CSIO will be an important legacy of the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games. Our government is pleased to support Ontario’s high performance athletes of all abilities as they showcase their talent at competitions both at home and abroad,” said Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport and Minister Responsible for the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games.
“The Canadian Sport Institute Ontario provides an optimal training environment that is critical for Canada’s high-performance athletes, coaches and members of their integrated support teams in their pursuit of excellence,” said Anne Merklinger, Chief Executive Officer, Own the Podium. “Through this increased investment, CSIO will have the opportunity to leverage the legacy of venues and services from the 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games in its continued effort to influence the development of Canada’s athletes and coaches with podium potential well into the future.”