MONTREAL, May 4, 2012 /CNW/ - The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister
of Industry and Minister of State (Agriculture) and Member of
Parliament (Mégantic-L'Érable), on behalf of the Honourable Bal Gosal,
Minister of State (Sport), today congratulated the city of Montreal on
being named as one of the host cities of the upcoming 2015 FIFA Women's
"It is with great excitement that we learn today that the city of
Montreal will host the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup™," said Minister Paradis. "In only a few short years, the soccer world
will take this city by storm, and we can't wait to welcome them to
Montreal and to Canada. As a key supporter of this prestigious
competition, our Government will join together with all Canadians in
cheering on our Women's National Team as they face off against the
"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 72,000 were playing in the province of Quebec. 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 Quebec.
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.
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)
(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media Room.)