Ontario Investing $16,950 in Kingston Volleyball Event
Province Supporting Volleyball Canada’s 2016 Men’s National Team Challenge Cup
Ontario is investing $16,950 to support Volleyball Canada's 2016 Men's National Team Challenge Cup and Youth National Development Program in Kingston, through its Sport Hosting Program, to support the growth of athletes and contribute to the local economy.
Today, over 300 athletes and coaches, representing nine provincial/territorial regions, are in Kingston for the Men's National Team Challenge Cup. The top 36 athletes and eight national-level coaches from today's event will be invited to train in the Youth National Development Program, which gives a group of promising young athletes the opportunity to represent Canada in international competition.
Ontario's Sport Hosting Program has supported 10 events throughout the province so far this year, with additional events to be announced in the fall. The program includes:
- Funding for a variety of winter and summer sports
- An accessibility plan as a requirement for funding
- Considerations for events that support legacy benefits for sport or the community
Ontario's Sport Hosting Program is part of Game ON - The Ontario Government's Sport Plan to help more Ontarians participate and excel in sport. Game ON recognizes the many ways organized sport can be good for people and communities, including the health and economic benefits of hosting major sporting events.
Investing in sport is part of the government's economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, roads, bridges and transit in Ontario's history and is investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.
- In 2016-17 Ontario’s Sport Hosting Program will invest up to $3 million in sporting events across the province.
- Since 2006, Ontario has supported 55 events, with total funding of more than $13 million.
- Sport tourism is a $5.2 billion segment of the Canadian tourism industry.
- The Kingston Economic Development Corporation is providing $2,500 in direct support for this event.
“Hosting major amateur sporting events provides Ontario communities with opportunities to boost volunteerism, grow community pride, attract tourists and increase visitor spending. Through support for Ontario’s Sport Hosting Program, our government is helping communities across Ontario to host successful events, leaving legacies for years to come.”
“Hosting the 2016 National Team Challenge Cup with the help of provincial funding is such an excellent opportunity for Kingston. The event will have long-lasting positive impacts on athletes, visitors, and local businesses that reach far beyond the economic benefits. There is no doubt that Kingston and the Islands’ gold standard in hospitality and love of sports will make for a most memorable event.”
“Volleyball Canada is excited to host the National Team Challenge Cup and Youth National Team Development Program in Kingston. Bringing together the top next generation of Team Canada athletes in one central location with the support of the Province of Ontario ensures a critical opportunity to train, educate, and further develop our athletes.”