SHERBROOKE, QC, July 5, 2013 /CNW/ - Jacques Gourde, Parliamentary
Secretary to the Minister of Public Works and Government Services, for
Official Languages and for the Economic Development Agency for the
Regions of Quebec, today announced that the Harper Government is
providing funding to support the 2013 Canada Summer Games, which will
take place in Sherbrooke from August 2 to 17, 2013. Mr. Gourde made
this announcement on behalf of the Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of
State (Sport), and the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport,
Infrastructure and Communities, Minister of the Economic Development
Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec and Minister of
"The Canada Games play an important role in helping young Canadian
athletes prepare for success on the podium in international
competition," said Minister of State Gosal. "As a result of our
Government's investment in the Games, the host community of Sherbrooke
will experience lasting and sustainable sport, social, cultural, and
"Our Government's support for the Canada Games will help Sherbrooke and
the surrounding area generate economic benefits from construction to
tourism, which have a significant impact on the local economy," said
Minister Lebel. "This event will support our economy by creating jobs
and opportunities for local businesses and entrepreneurs before,
during, and after the event."
"Bringing a major project like the Canada Games to life is possible
thanks to the valuable contribution of our partners and 5,000
volunteers," said Tom Allen, President of the Board of Directors and
the Executive Committee of the Canada Summer Games - Sherbrooke 2013.
"We would like to give our warmest thanks to the federal government for
its major contribution, which is essential to the success of the
country's largest multisport competition."
The Canada Games are Canada's largest domestic multisport event and are
the pinnacle of interprovincial/territorial sport competition. The
Games are held at two-year intervals, alternating between winter and
summer, and bring together participants from across the country to
share the spirit of competition, demonstrate sporting excellence, and
celebrate their cultural diversity.
The Government of Canada is the single largest contributor to sport in
Canada. The Government will provide up to $10.35 million through Sport
Canada's Hosting Program to the Sherbrooke 2013 Canada Summer Games Host Society in support of
the Games. Additionally, it will provide up to $6.5 million to the
Canada Games Council for the travel of the provincial/territorial teams
to the Games, except for the host province.
Canada Economic Development is also providing funding in the amount of
$700,000. This funding is being provided as a non-repayable
contribution through the Quebec Economic Development Program. The
contribution is specifically for the implementation of a marketing
strategy that will target tourists from outside Quebec.
SOURCE: Canadian Heritage
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Office of the Honourable Bal Gosal, P.C., M.P.
Minister of State (Sport)
Canada Economic Development
(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Newsroom.)