Ontario MTCS providing $433,412 to support four events taking place in Simcoe-Grey in 2024.
Ontario Invests in National and International Sport Events
Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport is investing in amateur sport events to boost local economy and support athletes in Town of Blue Mountains
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 04, 2023
Blue Mountains – The Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport is providing $433,412 through the 2023-24 Ontario Sport Hosting Program to support four events that are taking place in Town of Blue Mountains in 2024.
Local recipients of Ontario Sport Hosting Program funding include:
• Alpine Ontario Alpin: 2024 Women’s Nor-Am Cup – $20,000
• Alpine Ontario Alpin: 2024 U16 & U18 Canadian National Alpine Championships Eastern Division – $15,000
• Association of Ontario Snowboarders: 2024 Canada Snowboard Junior National Championships – $91,209
• Association of Ontario Snowboarders: 2024 Alpine Snow TKO FIS World – $307,203
This funding is a part of the ministry’s investment of up to $2.2 million to support 24 amateur sport events in communities across the province.
These events will attract more than 9,000 athletes from across Canada and around the world to Ontario to compete and are expected to generate over $31 million in economic activity.
“Hosting national and international amateur sport events enables Ontario athletes to gain elite competition experience while showcasing our province as a top choice for amateur sport events,” said Neil Lumsden, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. “The Ontario Sport Hosting Program has proven to be an effective generator of sport tourism dollars, benefitting local businesses in host communities as well as current and future generations of Ontario athletes.”
“Hosting sporting events of this caliber and attracting elite level athletes from across Canada and around the world, is an exciting opportunity for our region,” said Brian Saunderson, MPP for Simcoe-Grey. Aside from the event itself, there is a huge boost to the local economy as participants, families, spectators, and fans get to experience the very best of the region while they explore, eat, shop, visit and spend time in beautiful Simcoe-Grey. I would like to thank Minister Neil Lumsden and the Ministry of Tourism, Culture & Sport for this significant investment of funding into these three large-scale, high impact sporting events.”
“The Town of The Blue Mountains is thrilled regarding the Ontario government’s investment of $433,412 through the 2023-24 Ontario Sport Hosting Program to support four sporting events in 2024. We are proud to be a hub for national and international amateur sport events, providing our local athletes with invaluable opportunities while boosting our community’s economy and showcasing The Blue Mountains as a premier destination for athletic competitions,” said Andrea Matrosovs, Mayor of the Town of The Blue Mountains. “We extend our gratitude to the Ontario government for their ongoing commitment to fostering sports excellence and economic growth in our region.”
Ontario’s Sport Hosting Program is designed to help attract national and international amateur sport events to the province by funding a variety of winter and summer sport competitions. It enables communities to host national and international sport events by encouraging investment in local sport infrastructure, boosting local economies and increasing tourism and civic pride.
• Since 2018, the Ontario Sport Hosting Program has supported over 115 events that were hosted in the province, generating more than $90 million in economic activity.
• The Ontario government will begin accepting applications for the 2023-24 Sport Hosting Program – Intake II in May 2023
Ontario Sport Hosting Program
Alpine Ontario Alpin
Association of Ontario Snowboarders