Yesterday, Canada’s Finance Minister Joe Oliver announced that as part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan 2015-16, $20 million has been set aside over a four-year period to support élite sport. This funding would be matched by investments by Canada’s private sector. The money will be used for in a number of élite sport related areas, including coaching, developing and improving daily training regimes for élite athletes, and supporting sport science and sport medicine activities.
In response to the news, Canadian Paralympic Committee President Gaetan Tardif said, “We are extremely thankful to have the government of Canada’s support in the development of our next generation of Paralympic athletes, and with this support, we will be able to continue to build Canada’s strong future in sport. […] It’s quite encouraging to see that our Government is seeing sport as a strong vehicle for a healthier lifestyle, social change as well as its ability to unite and foster great pride in our country. […] We are investing in our future athletes and that sends a very strong message across our community that Canadians value sport and continue to support our athletes as they strive to achieve their Paralympic dreams.”
Across all levels of government, money has been invested in disability sport in Canada. This includes grant programs such as British Colombia’s Local Sport Program Development. The Canadian Paralympic Committee has credited these investments as helping the country’s athletes frequently make the podium in élite international competitions, including at the Paralympic Games.