Ontario Supporting the 2020 Canadian Tire National Skating ChampionshipsPublished on January 17, 2020
Province investing in sport events to boost local economies and support athletes
MISSISSAUGA — Ontario is investing $20,000 in the 2020 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships, now underway at the Paramount Fine Foods Centre in Mississauga, which will help boost the local economy, increase tourism and help athletes compete here at home.
From January 13 to 19, Mississauga is hosting the Skating Championships, which are expected to generate approximately $1.5 million in economic activity.
Skaters in the men's, women's, pairs, and ice dance categories are competing for positions on Skate Canada's National Team, and for opportunities to represent Canada at the World Figure Skating Championships in Montreal in March 2020.
“Ontario is the best place to be an athlete and play sports. We are the world in one province, bringing more amateur sport events to our very own backyard while helping athletes develop their skills on their home turf,” said Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries. “Hosting world-class sport events is a great way to showcase all that Ontario has to offer and cheer on our province’s top athletes.”
“Ontario is Open for Business, and Open for Sports,” said Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP for Mississauga-Lakeshore. “This event will boost our local economy, create jobs, and give our local athletes the opportunity to compete at a national event, right here in Mississauga.”
Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP for Mississauga-Lakeshore, with Natalia Kusendova, MPP for Mississauga Centre; Sheref Sabawy, MPP for Mississauga-Erin Mills; and Nina Tangri, MPP for Mississauga-Streetsville.
The government has also made changes to the Sport Hosting Program to give communities and sport organizations up to four times as many opportunities by adding new application streams to access funding to host sport events.
In addition, eligible sport events for funding will now include amateur combative sports and emerging sports.
- Ontario’s Sport Hosting Program increases economic activity through job creation and tourism. The program consists of two intake periods. The province is providing more than $1.4 million for 11 events for the second intake of 2019-20. These events are expected to feature more than 3,000 athletes from over 50 countries.
- Overall, events supported through the program have generated approximately $87 million in economic activity since the re-launch of the program in 2015.
- The Sport Hosting Program provides funding to support a variety of winter and summer national and international amateur sport event hosted in Ontario.
Office of Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP