TORONTO– Today, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) commended Premier Kathleen Wynne and her government for its ongoing support of high performance sport in Ontario. In Ontario’s 2013 Budget – A Prosperous and Fair Ontario – Finance Minister Charles Sousa reaffirmed today that the government remains committed to funding $500 million toward the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games. In addition, the government is investing $514 million toward the Athletes’ Village project.

“Today is yet another example of how this government genuinely understands the need for continued sport funding in Canada’s most populous province,” said COC President Marcel Aubut. “It is especially important considering that in two years’ time, the Americas will come together in Toronto for the 2015 Pan American Games, which will see the largest Canadian team ever. The opportunity for Canada’s athletes to compete on home soil against other world-class athletes will be tremendously beneficial in the preparation for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.”

Last year, the Ontario government contributed $250,000 through the Ontario Blockbuster Grant, which supported the COC’s Celebration of Excellence events in Toronto, including a parade in downtown Toronto celebrating London 2012 Olympians and the Olympic Hall of Fame Gala.

“On behalf of Canada’s Olympic family, I would like to thank Premier Wynne, Finance Minister Sousa and Minister Chan, the Minister responsible for the Pan/Parapan American Games, for their ongoing commitment to sport, health and active living,” added Aubut. “This is good news for Ontario and good news for Canada.”

“As an athlete who has raced for my local club, the province of Ontario, and Canada I’ve received valuable support from all levels of government,” said Oakville native, four-time Olympic medallist and Chair of the COC Athletes Commission, Adam van Koeverden. “This added support from the Province of Ontario will ensure that our athletes continue to have the resources necessary to compete and win medals. Equally important is the legacy and sport infrastructure that will be left behind by the Pan American Games, which will have a lasting impact on our Canadian sport community for decades to come.”

Ninety-eight per cent funded by the private sector, the Canadian Olympic Committee works to provide funding to Canadian High Performance athletes that is complimentary to government funding. In addition to our valued government and sport partners, the COC is proud to be working with our outstanding marketing partners to benefit Canadian athletes.

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