London to Host 2020 Ontario Summer Games
Province Investing In Amateur Sport, Boosting Local Economy
The City of London will host the 2020 Ontario Summer Games, which will boost the local economy and provide athletes from across the province with an opportunity to compete and showcase their talent and skill.
Deb Matthews, MPP for London North Centre, was at London's Canada Games Aquatic Centre today to make the announcement on behalf of Daiene Vernile, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. London was selected for its experience in hosting sporting events, including the Ontario Games, its outstanding athletic facilities, and its incredible volunteers. This opportunity will help the city to build on the momentum and experience gained from hosting the upcoming 2018 Ontario Summer Games.
The 2020 Ontario Summer Games will attract approximately 3,500 participants to London, including athletes, coaches, and officials. The Games will also attract sports fans, which will have a positive impact on the local economy and leave a lasting sport legacy for the community. Hosting the Games will also help position the city as a top destination for hosting future sporting events in the province.
Ontario's plan to support care, create opportunity and make life more affordable during this period of rapid economic change includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25, and 65 or over, through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.
- The City of London is hosting the 2018 Ontario Summer Games and has previously hosted the Games in 2004, 1996, and 1975.
- Ontario is investing a total of $1 million to support the 2020 Ontario Summer Games.
- Games Ontario is responsible for delivering five multi-sport Games: Ontario Winter and Summer Games for youth, the Ontario 55+ Summer and Winter Games and the Ontario Parasport Games.
- The Ontario Summer Games are estimated to contribute $6 million to Ontario’s Gross Domestic Product.
- Since 2006, Ontario’s Quest for Gold program has provided Ontario athletes and coaches with over $120 million in support.
- The Ontario Games Program is part of GameON - The Ontario Government's Sport Plan to help more people participate and excel in sport.
“The Ontario Summer Games provides a stage where our talented athletes can compete and exhibit their skill in sport. It also grows our base of volunteers, contributes to economic activity and builds on our sense of community. My congratulations to London for demonstrating once again their commitment to developing our athletes.”
“Any time we can showcase our great city and world class facilities to athletes and families from across the province is a positive. London has developed a great reputation when it comes to sport hosting and we look forward to once again welcoming these participants and their families to London to experience more than just the competition but also some of our one-off restaurants, unique attractions, and everything else London has to offer.”
“We are a sports city through and through and it’s so fitting that we’ve been chosen as host city for the 2020 Ontario Summer Games. We have an army of volunteers at the ready to make this event amazing and we are so proud of our hometown athletes, who I know will do great things. Congratulations to everyone at Tourism London and the team who has worked so hard on this already.”