Harper Government Supports the LG Snowboard FIS World Cup at Stoneham

STONEHAM, QC, Feb. 24, 2012 /CNW/ - The Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport), and the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, today announced the Government of Canada's contribution to the 2012 LG Snowboard FIS World Cup in Stoneham.

"The Government of Canada is pleased to again support our athletes through a contribution to the 2012 LG Snowboard FIS World Cup" said Minister of State Gosal. "The enthusiasm and dedication of our Canadian snowboarders are an inspiration to us all, and I wish them much success as they continue their pursuit of excellence."

"On behalf of the Government of Canada, I would like to welcome athletes from Canada and around the world," said Minister Lebel. "We are proud to host them once again and to show off the natural beauty of our region and the hospitality of our communities. Our support for the marketing of this prestigious sport competition helps raise the profile of the Québec City region abroad and brings major economic benefits."

The Government of Canada is the single largest contributor to sport in Canada and supports participation and excellence from playground to podium. A contribution of $250,000 was provided to the Canadian Snowboard Federation through Sport Canada's Hosting Program. The Government of Canada also committed $2,389,318 in 2011-2012 to the Canadian Snowboard Federation through the Sport Support Program.

Non-repayable support in the amount of $75,000 from the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec will support a marketing campaign for the event outside of Quebec with a television production that highlights both the competition and the Québec City region. This funding is being provided through the Community Diversification program.

SOURCE Canadian Heritage

For further information:

(media only), please contact:

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

Media Relations
Canadian Heritage

Pierre Floréa
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Denis Lebel
Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec
Tel.: 514-496-1282
Email: pierre.florea@tc.gc.ca

(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Newsroom.)

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