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Ontario Investing $9.76 Million to Support Athletes and Para-Athletes

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Ontario Investing $9.76 Million to Support Athletes and Para-Athletes

Province Helping Athletes Pursue their Quest for Gold

Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport

Ontario's Quest for Gold program is helping improve the performance of the province's athletes as they train and prepare to represent Canada at national and international events.

This year 1,286 athletes will receive $6.4 million through the program, which supports athletes' performances at the highest level by: 

  • Providing funding to help them pursue sports training while fulfilling their academic goals
  • Increasing access to high-performance coaching
  • Enhancing training and competitive opportunities
  • Encouraging athletes to stay, live and train in Ontario

The Ontario government has also provided $3.36 million to the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario (CSIO) and other sport organizations this year as a part of the Quest for Gold program to provide enhanced coaching, training and competitive opportunities to athletes and their coaches.

Giving Ontario's athletes more opportunities to succeed supports the government's efforts to create a healthier province through sport and active recreation. It is also part of the government's four-part economic plan to build Ontario up by investing in people's talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives, and building a secure savings plan so everyone can afford to retire. 

Quick Facts

  • The annual budget of the Quest for Gold program is $9.76 million, divided into two funding streams – enhanced coaching, training and competitive opportunities; and direct financial assistance to athletes.
  • Quest for Gold has provided Ontario athletes and coaches with more than $90 million in support since the program began in 2006.
  • Ontario has almost tripled its support for amateur sport from $8.78 million in 2003 to more than $24 million in 2013-14.
  • This summer’s 2015 Pan Am and Parapan American Games in Ontario will showcase Ontario to an international audience of 250,000 visitors and 10,000 athletes and officials.

Additional Resources


Michael Coteau

“The Ontario government is committed to providing the tools, resources and financial support that high-performance athletes and coaches need to excel at international competitions. Our government is proud to support Ontario athletes as they strive to achieve excellence in sport at all levels of play. We look forward to cheering on all our athletes as they go for gold at the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games and beyond.”

Michael Coteau

Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport and Minister Responsible for the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games

“We are grateful for the financial support and leadership we receive from the Government of Ontario, through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. With this announcement and their continued support of athletes through the Quest for Gold program we are able to provide Ontario’s high performance athletes and coaches with world-class sport science and sport medicine services to assist them as they strive for international podium performances.”

Debbie Low

CEO of Canadian Sport Institute Ontario

Media Contacts

  • Jeff Costen

    Minister’s Office


    (416) 314-4266

  • Denelle Balfour

    Communications Branch


    (416) 326-1724



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