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Ontario Supporting New Beach Volleyball Facilities in North Bay

Province Building Pan Am Games Legacy

Ontario is investing in the construction of a world-class beach volleyball facility in North Bay that will attract international sports tournaments and support tourism in Northeastern Ontario.

With an investment of $100,000 from the province's Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC), and with 3,000 tonnes of sand from the beach volleyball facility at the recently concluded TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games, the Vision Volleyball Club is constructing a three-season volleyball venue on North Bay's waterfront. The project includes five courts, bleachers, lighting and change rooms. The facilities will also be used for beach tennis, badminton and soccer.

The NOHFC is also providing $15,000 to the club to host the North America, Central America and Caribbean (NORCECA) International Beach Volleyball tournament from August 7 to 9, 2015, with many of the international Pan Am Games athletes attending.

Strengthening tourism in the North and supporting the legacy of the Pan Am Games is part of the government's plan to build Ontario up. The four‑part plan includes investing in people's talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives and building a secure retirement savings plan.

Quick Facts

  • Since 2003, the NOHFC has invested more than $1 billion in 6,780 projects in Northern Ontario, creating or sustaining more than 25,500 jobs.
  • Locally, in the North Bay/Nipissing region, the NOHFC has invested $97.6 million in 703 projects, creating or sustaining more than 3,500 jobs since 2003.
  • The NOHFC’s investments in tourism infrastructure are part of the Ontario government’s Growth Plan for Northern Ontario.
  • The TORONTO 2015 Games are showcasing Ontario as a premier sporting destination, attracting 10,000 athletes and officials, 250,000 visitors, constructing world-class sport infrastructure with 10 new and 15 upgraded facilities, creating 26,000 jobs, and generating $3.7 billion in GDP.

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“By investing in this outdoor volleyball facility in North Bay, our government is creating new economic and tourism opportunities and putting northeastern Ontario on the map as a location for world class competitions. I am very pleased that the NOHFC could partner with the Vision Volleyball Club to build this venue to host major international tournaments and events.”

Michael Gravelle

Minister of Northern Development and Mines and Chair of the NOHFC

“Our government invested in the 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games in order to create jobs, build new sport infrastructure and leave an important legacy for communities across the province for generations to come. That legacy has started already with the construction of new beach volleyball facilities in North Bay using the same sand played on by elite players during the TORONTO 2015 Games. These Games have been an amazing success and I’m so proud of the investments our government is making to ensure all Ontarians benefit moving forward.”

Michael Coteau

Minister Responsible for the 2015 Pan and Parapan American Games

“We are very pleased that the province could support the construction of Canada's only permanent international beach volleyball courts. This project will help attract the best international teams and help in the development of our local coaches and athletes. We invite everyone to NORCECA 2015.”

Amedeo Bernardi

President, Vision Volleyball Club

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