VANOC develops provincial and territorial program to deliver Canada's Games beyond BC

    Ontario first to sign on with $5 million contribution

    VANCOUVER, Jan. 26 /CNW/ - The Vancouver Organizing Committee for the
2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) today announced a
Contributing Province/Territory Program (CPTP), which offers a structured
avenue for all provinces and territories to participate in the 2010 Winter
Games. This program provides the opportunity for all of Canada's provinces and
territories to showcase their uniqueness to a global audience of approximately
three billion. VANOC developed this new program in response to interest
demonstrated by Canada's provinces and territories outside of BC to allow for
greater involvement in the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
    Ontario, Canada's largest province, today took the lead in becoming the
first to officially take part in the program, while at the same time signing a
memorandum of understanding (MOU) with VANOC. In the MOU, the Government of
Ontario identifies a number of potential areas of collaboration that will help
VANOC successfully deliver on its mission to touch the soul of the nation and
inspire the world. Under the CPTP, Ontario will invest $5 million to support
Canadian athletes, participate in the Cultural Olympiad and help welcome the
world in 2010.
    "The Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games offer Canadians a
unique, once-in-a-generation opportunity to celebrate our Canadian identity
and show the world who we are as a people. Between the MOUs and the
Contributing Province/Territory Program, we will ensure every region of Canada
is showcased on the world stage and benefits directly from the power of the
2010 Winter Games," said John Furlong, VANOC Chief Executive Officer. "Through
these programs, each province and territory that participates will create and
gain from its own 2010 legacy - a legacy that will last well after the Olympic
and Paralympic Flames are extinguished."
    Added Furlong, "Ontario is celebrating the exciting possibilities
presented by the 2010 Winter Games and demonstrating great leadership as it
becomes the first to join us in this new program. We thank the Ontario
government for its generous contribution and look forward to working together
to showcase Canada and Ontario to the world."
    "Ontarians are proud Canadians, and we want to do our part to support our
athletes and everyone who is working so hard to make these the best Games
ever," said the Honourable Dalton McGuinty, Premier of Ontario.
    Under the Contributing Province/Territory Program, signatory provinces
and territories receive a package of benefits that create a close association
with the Games. In return, participating provinces and territories make a
financial contribution (based on population size) 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.
    The new Contributing Province/Territory Program is distinct and separate
from the memoranda of understanding signed in the past two years between VANOC
and Quebec, the three Northern Territories, New Brunswick, Manitoba, Prince
Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Alberta. While the signed MOUs
identify a number of potential areas for collaboration between each signatory
province/territory and VANOC, the CPTP offers a different level of engagement
by including benefits similar to those associated with corporate sponsorship.
    "While the 2010 Winter Games will be held in British Columbia, the Games
belong to all Canadians and we are thrilled to see such enthusiasm from other
provinces and territories that are keen to participate fully in the
celebrations," said the Honourable Gordon Campbell, Premier of British
Columbia. "The Contributing Province/Territory Program, together with the
MOUs, offers every region of Canada the rarest of opportunities to reach
around the world in the spirit of friendship that is inspired by the Games."
    "To succeed, athletes need to focus on their training and the delivery of
excellent performances that will make Canadians proud in 2010. This is only
possible with a strong support system," said Veronica Brenner, VANOC
coordinator, Home Field Advantage/Top Secret and silver medallist, freestyle
(Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter Games). "Today, Ontario is helping pave the way
to the podium for Canadian athletes. Firstly, as an athlete and a sports
administrator, and secondly, as a native Ontarian, I'd like to thank the
province on behalf of all those who are training to win in 2010."
    "I'm training hard every day to be part of the Canadian team that will
compete in 2010. My dream is to win a medal for my country and particularly,
to make my home province proud. With the Ontario government's investment
today, I feel I'm one step closer to achieving that goal," added Katie
Tsuyuki, 2006 Canadian National Halfpipe Champion and member of the Canadian
National Freestyle snowboard team.

    VANOC is responsible for the planning, organizing, financing and staging
of the XXI Olympic Winter Games and the X Paralympic Winter Games in 2010. The
2010 Olympic Winter 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.

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For further information: Media Contact: Margaret Nevin, (778) 838-9946

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