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Ontario Helping Bring World Swimming Championships to Windsor

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Ontario Helping Bring World Swimming Championships to Windsor

Province Supporting Windsor 2016 FINA World Swimming Championships with $2.5 Million Investment

Ontario is providing $2.5 million over two years to help the City of Windsor host the 2016 Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA) World Swimming Championships (25m). This will be the first time Canada has hosted the championship and the first time it has been held in North America since 2004.

This international swimming event is expected to draw more than 2,500 visitors to Windsor, including over 900 elite swimmers from 175 countries. From December 6 to 11, 2016, the Windsor 2016 FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) will gather the world's fastest swimmers for a six-day showdown in a short-course (25 metre) pool. International sporting events such as the Windsor 2016 FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) are important catalysts for economic growth and job creation - in addition to creating a legacy of sports excellence for local communities.

Promoting participation in sport, recreation and active living in communities across Ontario 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, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives, and building a secure savings plan so everyone can afford to retire. 

Quick Facts

  • Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA) is the international governing body for swimming, diving, water polo, synchronized swimming and open-water swimming.
  • This international swimming championship will feature 46 events (34 individual and 12 relays), for a total of 138 medals.
  • Ontario has provided over $13 million in funding to support 55 international amateur sport events since 2006.

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“We are delighted to support the City of Windsor as it prepares to host the 2016 FINA World Swimming Championships (25m). Events such as these provide our aspiring athletes with opportunities to shine on the world stage, boost the local economy and showcase the region’s vitality, diversity and hospitality.”

Michael Coteau

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

“The Windsor International Aquatic and Training Centre (WIATC) was built with a dual purpose in mind, to provide a centre of recreation for our residents and to provide a state-of-the-art training facility for our local swimmers that would also give us the ability to attract world-class events like the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m). We are grateful to the Government of Ontario not only for their financial support toward the construction of this facility, but for their partnership with this event and their commitment to sport tourism.”

Drew Dilkens

Mayor, City of Windsor

“This high performance event will leave a lasting legacy to the community. With every facility and major event comes a message of healthy living and choosing sport as part of a healthy active lifestyle for the whole community.”

Ahmed El-Awadi

CEO, Swimming Canada

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