Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

October 16, 2014 11:00 ET

2015 Proclaimed the Year of Sport in Canada

Proclamation made during Prince George 2015 Canada Winter Games torch lighting ceremony

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Oct. 16, 2014) - Department of Canadian Heritage

His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, today proclaimed 2015 the Year of Sport in Canada in a ceremony on Parliament Hill. The Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport), attended the event, which included the ceremonial torch lighting for the Prince George 2015 Canada Winter Games-one of the key events in the Year of Sport.

Quick Facts

  • The Year of Sport in Canada is a proactive pan-Canadian initiative to celebrate the role that sport plays in our country and encourage Canadians to participate in and seek the benefits of sport. During the year, sport events and other celebratory activities will highlight how sport benefits Canadians.
  • In 2015, communities across Canada will have the honour of hosting several high-profile national and international sport events, including the International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Hockey Championship in Toronto and Montréal; the 25th edition of the Canada Games in Prince George, British Columbia; the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) Women's World Cup Canada 2015; and the 2015 Pan and Parapan American Games, which will bring over 10,000 athletes and coaches from the Americas to Toronto and the Golden Horseshoe region.
  • The Year of Sport will promote Canada's position as a leading sport nation and highlight the power of sport to enhance the lives of all Canadians.


"In 2015, Canadians from across the country will have many opportunities to cheer on our remarkable athletes and celebrate their achievements. With events such as the World Junior Hockey Championship, the Canada Winter Games, the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015, the Pan and Parapan American Games and many others, 2015 will be a memorable year for all Canadians-an opportunity not only to attend sport events, but also to be inspired to participate in sport activities throughout the year."

- The Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport)

"The Roly McLenahan Torch lighting that kicks off the Prince George 2015 Canada Winter Games Torch Relay coincides perfectly with the announcement that 2015 will be the Year of Sport in Canada. Sport is an integral part of our country's foundation, and all Canadians can look forward to a year-long celebration in 2015, including at the Canada Games, where thousands of Canada's top young athletes and their coaches will converge in Prince George."

- Tom Quinn, Chair, Canada Games Council

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  • Robert Lynch
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Honourable Bal Gosal, P.C., M.P.
    Minister of State (Sport)

    Media Relations
    Canadian Heritage