The Harper Government Supports the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup™

WINNIPEG, May 4, 2012 /CNW/ - The Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety and Member of Parliament (Provencher), on behalf of the Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport), today congratulated the city of Winnipeg on being named as one of the host cities of the upcoming 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup™.

"I am extremely excited to learn that the City of Winnipeg has been chosen as a host city for an international event that will highlight the highest level of soccer competition," said Minister Toews. "The 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup will provide Canadians, including soccer fans from right here in Manitoba, the opportunity to witness the talent of our Women's National Team."

"We are extremely grateful to FIFA for providing us with the opportunity to host this most important competition," said Canadian Soccer Association President, Dr. Dominique Maestracci. "The sport of soccer continues to gain momentum both as a participatory and spectator experience in our country, with nearly half of all participants female. We thank the Government of Canada and our provincial and municipal government partners for their outstanding support to ensure we will continue that growth through 2015 and beyond."

Of the close to 400,000 women and girls registered in soccer in 2008, over 8,000 were playing in the province of Manitoba. This is great news for the province and for the sport of soccer as it continues to grow across the country.

The Government of Canada is extremely proud to be an active supporter of this prestigious international event that will once again allow our great nation to shine on the world scene. We look forward to celebrating with FIFA, the Canadian Soccer Association and with Canadian fans from coast to coast as we welcome the world to the province of Manitoba.

The Government of Canada contribution of up to $15M from Sport Canada's Hosting Program will enable the Canadian Soccer Association to stage this historic event, which will also bring welcome economic benefits to the region by creating jobs and opportunities for Canadian businesses and entrepreneurs before, during and after the event.

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Jenny Van Alstyne
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Bal Gosal, P.C., M.P.
Minister of State (Sport)

Media Relations
Canadian Heritage

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