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Public Safety Canada

February 19, 2009 18:22 ET

Agreement for 2010 Security Budget Announced

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 19, 2009) - The Government of Canada today announced the revised security budget and cost-sharing agreement for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

The security budget for the 2010 Winter Games is estimated at $900 million.

Under the provisions of the new financing arrangement, the Government of British Columbia will pay the remaining portion of its $87.5 million commitment by March 31, 2009, and increase its commitment for the joint staging of the Olympic Games by an extra $165 million through an increased share of joint federal-provincial major infrastructure costs over the next 3 years.

By consequence of these agreements, British Columbia's contributions are equivalent to $252.5 million of the cost of securing the 2010 Winter Games. The federal government will pay the remaining $647.5 million, and assume the remaining costs and any additional unforeseen costs in the development and delivery of security operations for the Games.

"As hosts of the 2010 Winter Games, we are committed to providing a safe and secure environment for athletes, visitors and Canadians," said Peter Van Loan, Minister of Public Safety. "The Government of Canada and its partners have a comprehensive approach to security planning, and we are on track to host a secure Games."

The Government of Canada is a proud partner in the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. All levels of government, the sport community, First Nations and the private sector are working together to ensure the 2010 Games are the best ever.

"Our objective is to deliver a safe and secure Games, so that what people remember is the excitement of the competition and the celebration - and not any questions of security," said Minister Van Loan.

For more information, please see the backgrounders on the Public Safety Canada website at

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