(Mississauga, ON) - The Government of Ontario is supporting the 2017 World Ringette Championship in Mississauga, as part of its Sport Hosting Program, to grow the local economy and promote Ontario as a world-class sport hosting destination.
The 2017 World Ringette Championships will run from November 27, 2017 through December 3, 2017 and will welcome some 140 athletes from five countries, as well as 40 coaches and 100 volunteers. This international event is projected to contribute over $1.80 million to the local economy.
The event will also provide a number of development opportunities for athletes and coaches including:
Coaching and officiating courses, along with professional development sessions for Ontario coaches and officials to upgrade their certifications.
Loaning of event legacy equipment to local ringette teams.
Subsidizing registration fees to allow newcomers and families facing economic hardship an opportunity to participate in programming at the Mississauga Ringette Association.
The Sport Hosting Program is designed to help bring major sport events to the province by funding a variety of winter and summer sports and supporting national and international competitions.
By supporting sport events across Ontario, the province is providing opportunities for Ontario's athletes competing in amateur sport to gain the elite competition experience they need to excel on the world stage. The Sport Hosting Program also promotes tourism and provides a boost to local economies by attracting major sport events to communities.
Investing in the development of amateur sport is part of Ontario’s plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.
“The opportunity to host the 2017 World Ringette Championships is a valuable experience for the City of Mississauga and one that has been made possible with support from the Ontario Sport Hosting Program. The event will run for a few exciting days, with long-lasting positive impacts on athletes, visitors, local businesses and our community.”
— Amrit Mangat, MPP, Mississauga – Brampton South
Ontario is supporting the 2017 World Ringette Championships with a $47,220 investment through its Sport Hosting Program.
Forty-three athletes will represent Team Canada at the Championship, including 17 from Ontario.
Since 2013, Ontario has supported 76 events through the Sport Hosting Program. The program provides funding to help applicants deliver national and international amateur single-sport events.
Ontario’s Sport Hosting Program is part of Game ON – The Ontario Government’s Sport Plan to help more Ontarians participate and excel in sport. Game ON recognizes the many ways organized sport can be good for people and communities, including the health and economic benefits of hosting major sport events.
In 2017-18, events supported by the Ontario Sport Hosting Program are expected to contribute $25.6 million to Ontario’s Gross Domestic Product.
MPP Amrit Mangat
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