Earlier today, the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, François-Philippe Champagne, came to the International Flatwater Centre in Welland to announce that the Canadian government will match the $29 million in provincial funding for the 2021 Canada Summer Games, which will be held here in Niagara.
“The Government of Canada heard the call from the municipal governments in Niagara and is always prepared to invest in our communities and young people,” Champagne stated at the event, regarding the funding and the 2021 Canada Summer Games.
The federal funding will go towards the construction of two new sports facilities, refurbishments in seven other facilities, and the purchase of new equipment for two events. Sport Canada will provide an additional $3 million in funding for the project as well.
When asked for comment, Mayor Walter Sendzik of St. Catharines spoke to how impactful this funding and the 2021 Canada Summer Games as a whole, will be for St. Catharines and the Niagara Region more broadly.
“Thank you to the federal government for supporting the Canada Summer Games in Niagara. The Games will be a transformational opportunity for our communities, leaving a legacy for generations to come. Thank you to all of our partners for investing in Niagara.”
At the announcement, Brock President Gervan Fearon noted how hosting the games will be, “a major point of pride” for the Niagara Region.
He went on to say that, “The support provided by the Government of Canada will be appreciated by people all across the community, and allow the Niagara region to be showcased across the entire country. Brock University is proud to be able to contribute land, facilities and financial support to the Games, and it is an honour to be working alongside other partners and a fantastic team to help make this initiative a success.”
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