Ontario Supporting Sporting Events Across the Province
Province Investing $3 Million to Support Amateur Sport, Boost Economic Growth
Ontario is investing up to $3 million to support sporting events across the province this year through the Sport Hosting Program, giving more Ontario athletes high-level competition experience and boosting economic growth.
Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture, and Sport, was in Thunder Bay this morning to make the announcement, where she was joined by Michael Gravelle, Minister of Northern Development and Mines and MPP for Thunder Bay--North Superior, and Bill Mauro, Minister of Municipal Affairs and MPP for Thunder Bay--Atikokan.
As part of this investment, Ontario is contributing $500,000 to host the 2017 Under-18 Baseball World Cup in Thunder Bay. An additional $983,500 is being invested through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to upgrade local facilities in time for the international competition, for a total investment of over $1.4 million. The biennial event, taking place from September 1 to 10, 2017, will welcome athletes from around the world, including many players that have been drafted by Major League Baseball (MLB) teams.
Hosting national and international amateur sporting events offers communities the opportunity to welcome visitors, gives more Ontario athletes high-level competition experience and increases local interest in sport and volunteerism. Ontario's Sport Hosting Program is part of Game ON - The Ontario Government's Sport Plan to help more Ontarians participate and excel in sport. Game ON recognizes the many ways organized sport can be good for people and communities, including the health and economic benefits of hosting major sporting events.
Investing in sport is part of the government's economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, roads, bridges and transit in Ontario's history and is investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.