Ontario Investing in National and International Amateur Sport Events

Ontario Investing in National and International Amateur Sport Events

Provincial funding helping boost local economies and support athletes

March 22, 2022

Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries

SUDBURY – The Ontario government is investing almost $1.5 million through its 2022-23 Sport Hosting Program – Intake I to support 15 national and five international amateur sport events in Ontario. These events will help boost local economies, increase tourism and help athletes train and develop their skills right here at home.

“Ontario is one of the best places in the world to be an athlete and play sports. From modern arenas and fields to exceptional coaches, Ontario residents can enjoy sports and recreation at all levels and abilities,” said Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries. “Our government is proud to support organizations in hosting national and international amateur sport events, which will bring excitement back to Ontario communities and contribute to the province’s economic and social recovery.”

The 20 Sport Hosting events receiving support are expected to generate more than $10 million in economic activity for Ontario and local communities and will feature over 4,000 amateur athletes from across Canada and around the world. Ontario is committed to investing in the sport sector to support and stabilize communities as the province continues its recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ontario’s investment in sport is part of the province’s commitment to fueling its double bottom line: providing athletes, residents and visitors with the opportunity to experience the best of the world in one province, as well as supporting the economic well-being of local communities by attracting visitors and creating local jobs.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario’s Sport Hosting Program is designed to help bring national and international amateur sport events to the province by funding a variety of winter and summer sport competitions.
  • The government is now accepting applications for the 2022-23 Sport Hosting Program – Intake II, for events with start dates between November 2022 and July 2024. The deadline for applications is July 11, 2022.
  • In addition to funding the 2022-23 program Intake I, the Ontario government has recently committed over $2 million for up to 43 events, which includes the funding commitment for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 program intakes.
  • Since launching the renewed program in December 2015, the Ontario Sport Hosting Program has invested over $7 million to support 95 events that have generated approximately $78 million in economic activity in the province.


“The 2023 Nickel City Curling Championships Host committee is very grateful to receive the Ontario Sport Hosting Grant for this event. When the event was postponed for 2022 due to COVID concerns we were very disappointed but knew that we would continue working and fine tuning our plans with an eye to welcoming these events to Sudbury in 2023. Together, Coniston Curling Club, Copper Cliff Curling and Curl Sudbury are honoured to join forces to welcome the best curlers in Canada as well as our next generation curling stars to Sudbury! We have a substantial population of people who enjoy curling as their premier winter sport here in Sudbury and we are excited to share our love of the game as well as our love for the Greater City of Sudbury with other curlers, fans and community members.”

– Kelly Irvine
Co-chair, 2023 Nickle City Curling Championships

“When it comes to amateur sport, Greater Sudbury is a northern hub where both winter and summer athletes can train and compete. With investment from the provincial government towards U Sports, the CCAA and the Canadian Mixed Doubles Curling Championship, our community looks forward to welcoming athletes, coaches and tourists to enjoy all that Greater Sudbury has to offer, all while participating in high-quality sporting events.”

– Brian Bigger
Mayor, City of Greater Sudbury

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