Québec to contribute to the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver



    QUEBEC CITY, July 16 /CNW Telbec/ - "I am very pleased to announce that
the Government of Québec has accepted the invitation of the Vancouver
Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC)
and is proud to be joining the preparations for the 2010 Winter Games by
contributing $5 million to VANOC," the Premier of Québec, Jean Charest,
announced today in the company of Gordon Campbell, Premier of British
Columbia, David Guscott, VANOC Executive Vice President, Celebrations and
Partnerships and Dominique Maltais, snowboarder and bronze medallist at the
2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino.
    Half of Québec's financial contribution will go to the Own the Podium
2010 program, a sport technical initiative that supports Canadian athletes
preparing for the Games. Another $750,000 will fund the Cultural Olympiad,
which will include opportunities for Québec artists. The remaining
$1.75 million will be dedicated to the following programs:

    
    - organization of a Québec Day during the 2010 Winter Games to promote
      the province
    - enhanced involvement in the Québec portion of the Olympic Torch Relay,
      which will travel through the province prior to the Games
    - encouragement of participation by First Nations peoples in the Games
      and in the preceding events
    - access to support from VANOC for planning and promoting Québec
      activities and events related to the Games
    - organization of activities aimed at promoting tourism, trade and
      investment
    - access to VANOC promotional materials and the Own the Podium 2010
      program, including logos, promotion of educational opportunities, and
      volunteer activities related to sport, culture and healthy lifestyles
    

    "Québec is well known for its quality programs in physical activity,
recreation and sports, and high-performance sport in particular. There are
also many Québec athletes competing in winter sport and representing Canada at
the highest level," declared Mr. Charest. "I am therefore delighted by the
opportunity offered to us by VANOC to contribute to the successful staging of
the 2010 Winter Games. The Games represent an unparalleled opportunity to
showcase Québec and Québec athletes both in Canada and on the international
stage," he added.
    According to the Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports, Michelle
Courchesne, the benefits of the 2010 Winter Games will be considerable both
for high-performance sport in Québec and for the promotion of sport culture
among the general public. "It is important that we support our athletes who
will participate in the 2010 Winter Games, and this is exactly what the Québec
government is doing. Since 2005 and continuing to 2010, almost $30 million
will be spent to support the Québec athletes who will be representing us in
Vancouver and Whistler," the Minister stated.
    "We are proud to welcome Québec into the Vancouver 2010 family," declared
Mr. Guscott. "Québec has a great tradition of excellence in winter sport and
has been a leader in developing inspiring Canadian winter athletes. This
tradition will contribute greatly to the pride of Canadians in 2010. The 2010
Winter Games will celebrate the athletic achievements of Québec and will
provide the province with an unequalled opportunity to tell the story of its
unique history and demonstrate its distinctive personality to the world."

    Contributing Province/Territory Program

    VANOC's Contributing Province/Territory Program (CPTP) offers a
structured avenue for all provinces and territories to participate in the 2010
Winter Games. Under the CPTP, signatory provinces and territories receive a
package of benefits that create a close association with the Games, similar to
those of corporate sponsors. In return, participating provinces and
territories make a financial contribution towards the success of Canadian
athletes in 2010 through the Own the Podium 2010 program; culture and arts,
through the Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad; and directly, to staging
successful Games in 2010. VANOC developed this new program in response to
interest demonstrated by Canada's provinces and territories outside of British
Columbia to allow for greater involvement in the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and
Paralympic Winter Games.

    VANOC

    VANOC's government partners provide funding, infrastructure, essential
service support and management services to the 2010 Winter Games, which will
contribute to lasting economic, sport, cultural and social legacies. VANOC's
government partners include the Government of Canada, the Province of British
Columbia, the City of Vancouver and the Resort Municipality of Whistler. To
date, members of VANOC's CPTP include Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador,
Ontario and Québec. VANOC's Venue Cities are Richmond and Surrey. VANOC has
also signed memoranda of understanding with each Canadian province and
territory.
    VANOC is responsible for the planning, organizing, financing and staging
of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The Games will be
staged in Vancouver and Whistler from February 12 to 28, 2010. Vancouver and
Whistler will host the Paralympic Winter Games from March 12 to 21, 2010. For
more information, visit www.vancouver2010.com.




For further information:

For further information: Hugo D'Amours, Press attaché to the Premier,
(418) 643-5321; Jean-Pascal Bernier, Press attaché to the Minister of
Education, Recreation and Sports and Minister of Families, (418) 644-0664;
Katie Green, VANOC, Media Relations, (778) 328-6473

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