Province Helping 1,255 High-Performance Amateur Athletes Reach the Podium
Ontario is providing direct financial assistance and elite competition opportunities to 1,255 high performance amateur athletes this year to help them reach the podium and compete at the highest international levels.
John Fraser, MPP for Ottawa South, was at the 2017 Canadian Track and Field Championships in Ottawa today to make the announcement on behalf of Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport.
This year, Ontario is supporting high performance amateur athletes by:
- Providing critical financial assistance to 1,255 athletes through the Quest for Gold Program, including direct funding to assist with the costs of living, training, sports equipment, accessing coaches and facilities and travel to competitions.
- Funding sporting events that offer the elite competition experience that athletes need to compete at the international level, such as the 2017 Canadian Track and Field Championships, which run from July 6-9. This competition gives Ontario athletes the opportunity to compete for a spot at the 2017 International Athletics Association Federation (IAAF) World Championships.
The Ontario Quest for Gold Program lets amateur athletes focus on becoming the best in their sport, improving Ontario’s and Canada’s standing at international competitions.
Investing in amateur athletes and elite sporting events is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.
- For 2017-18, 1,255 Ontario amateur athletes will receive $6.36 million in direct funding from Quest for Gold.
- This year, Quest for Gold is also providing approximately $3.4 million to the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario (CSIO), the Coaches Association of Ontario (CAO) and through the Team Ontario Development Grant to enhance coaching, training and competitive opportunities to athletes and their coaches.
- Ontario is investing $18,000 to support the 2017 Canadian Track and Field Championships through its Sport Hosting Program. Of the 620 Ontario athletes competing at the event, 93 are Quest for Gold recipients for this year.
- Past gold medalists Penny Oleksiak, Andre De Grasse and Rosie MacLennan all received Quest for Gold funding. Of the 31 Ontario athletes who received medals at the Rio Olympics, 29 were Quest for Gold athletes.
- Supporting high performance amateur athletes is part of Game ON – The Ontario Government’s Sport Plan.
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