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Durham Region, Huntsville and Orillia to Host 2019 and 2020 Ontario Games

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Durham Region, Huntsville and Orillia to Host 2019 and 2020 Ontario Games

Province Investing In Amateur Sport, Boosting Local Economies

Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport

The 2019 and 2020 Ontario Games will be coming to the communities of Durham Region, Huntsville and Orillia, which will boost local economies and give the province's amateur athletes the opportunity to compete close to home.

These communities were chosen based on their ability to host competitions that showcase Ontario's athletes and provide participants, volunteers and spectators with an exciting amateur sport experience:

  • Durham Region will host the 2019 Ontario ParaSport Games. Communities in Durham will also benefit from the legacy of accessible facilities for future events. The community previously hosted the 2000 Ontario Summer Games and the 2010 Ontario 55+ Summer Games.
  • The Town of Huntsville will host the Ontario 55+ Winter Games in 2019. These Games are the only major provincial sporting event in Ontario for the 55+ age demographic. Huntsville hosted these games in 2013 and provides an ideal setting for snow sports.
  • The City of Orillia will be hosting back-to-back Ontario Winter Games, having been previously awarded the 2018 Ontario Winter Games. The 2020 Ontario Winter Games will feature Orillia's new recreation complex, which will be opened later in 2018.

These three multi-sport games will contribute to local tourism and economic activity with an expected total impact of $8.5 million in the host communities. Hosting multi-sport events is part of Game ON - The Ontario Government's Sport Plan, which is helping more people in Ontario get involved in sports, building healthier communities and creating jobs.

Providing competitive opportunities for amateur athletes is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario is investing a total of $1,000,000 to support the 2020 Ontario Winter Games, $110,000 for the 2019 ParaSport Games and $235,000 for the 2019 Ontario 55+ Games.
  • The anticipated local economic impact of the Parasport Games to Durham Region is $500,000 and will bring 350 participants to the region.
  • The Town of Huntsville will welcome more than 1,000 participants for the Ontario 55+ Games, which will have economic impact of $2 million.
  • City of Orillia will host 3,300 participants for the 2020 Ontario Winter Games, which will have a local economic impact of $6 million.
  • Ontario funds the Quest for Gold Program with $9.76 million annually, which helps high performing athletes live and train in Ontario.
  • In 2015, sport tourism in Ontario accounted for $2.39 billion in spending.

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Eleanor McMahon

“Ontario recognizes that amateur sport has significant benefits for athletes, for communities and for our province. I am delighted to announce the winning host communities for the Ontario 2019 ParaSport Games, 2019 55+ Winter Games and 2020 Ontario Winter Games. These games provide a platform to develop and showcase the skills of our athletes, while providing an important legacy of community pride and sport development in the host communities. My congratulations to Durham Region, Huntsville and Orillia!”

Eleanor McMahon

Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

“Durham Region is thrilled to be selected as host for the 2019 Ontario ParaSport Games. Ontario’s para-athletes, their families and fans will receive a warm welcome in our community. The Games will highlight Durham’s outstanding volunteer spirit and accessible sports facilities and inspire the next generation of para-athletes.”

Roger Anderson

Regional Chair and CEO, Durham region

“We are very excited about the opportunity to host the 2019 Ontario 55+ Winter Games. We have a rich history of hosting successful events in the Town of Huntsville and are very proud of our accomplishments. We look forward to working with the province, provincial sport organizations and our amazing local volunteers to make the 2019 Ontario 55+ Winter Games the best ever!”

Scott Aitchison

Mayor, Town of Huntsville

“The City of Orillia is honoured to be hosting back-to-back Ontario Winter Games. We look forward to our continuing partnerships with the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport and our community partners as we work together to bring the 2018 and 2020 Games to reality. Hosting an event of this significance brings a community together. Orillia is already feeling the impact of hosting the Games through the commitment displayed from volunteers, sponsors and our partner communities thus far. Now that Orillia has been awarded the 2020 Games, we look forward to seeing the excitement and commitment from the community grow even more!”

Steve Clarke

Mayor, City of Orillia

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