Canadian Francophone Games Coming To Sudbury In July
McGuinty Government Encouraging French Youth Talent, Creating Jobs
Ontario is helping Greater Sudbury host the Canadian Francophone Games next month, welcoming 1,200 participants and about 30,000 spectators to the area, and creating 23 local jobs.
With support from the province, Les jeux de la francophonie canadienne will run from July 20 to 24, benefiting the local economy and showcasing the talents of Canada's French speaking youth in three fields:
- Sports - Athletics, badminton, basketball (3 vs. 3) volleyball, canoeing
- Leadership - Apprentice chef de mission, media and event management
- Arts - Visual arts, improvisation, music and street performance
- Ontario is providing $100,000 to this project through the NOHFC's Infrastructure & Community Development Program to help purchase equipment, acquire sporting materials, rent venues, market the games and support on-site costs, such as electricity.
- The francophone games will bring nearly 2,000 participants, coaches and volunteers to the events and are expected to attract some 30,000 spectators.
- Ontario is also investing over $440,000 in the event to support volunteer recruitment, training, and recognition, as well as marketing and cultural programming that will help attract visitors and increase visitor spending.
- Ontario is home to almost 600,000 francophones.
“We are very excited to host the Canadian Francophone Games here in Sudbury. In a friendly, but competitive setting, it gives young French speaking Canadians a chance to highlight their talents and Sudbury an opportunity to showcase all there is to do in the region.”
“This is a great opportunity for Sudbury and Northeastern Ontario. Our government is thrilled to support an event that will have a significant cultural and economic impact both locally and regionally.”
“Ontario is proud to host this national event for the first time which brings together young francophones from all over Canada. We wish all of the participants well and hope they enjoy what Ontario has to offer.”