March 22, 2022 12:06pm
The Ontario government is investing almost $1.5 million through its 2022-23 Sport Hosting Program, with the first Intake expected to support 15 national and five international amateur sport events in Ontario.
A media release said these events will help boost local economies, increase tourism and help athletes train and develop their skills right here at home.
The 20 Sport Hosting events receiving support are expected to generate more than $10 million in economic activity for Ontario and local communities and will feature over 4,000 amateur athletes from across Canada and around the world.
“Ontario is one of the best places in the world to be an athlete and play sports. From modern arenas and fields to exceptional coaches, Ontario residents can enjoy sports and recreation at all levels and abilities,” said Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries. “Our government is proud to support organizations in hosting national and international amateur sport events, which will bring excitement back to Ontario communities and contribute to the province’s economic and social recovery.”
MacLeod added Ontario is committed to investing in the sport sector to support and stabilize communities as the province continues its recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.