Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

February 17, 2015 14:38 ET

Canada to Host World Top Snowboarders at the FIS World Cup in Quebec

Canada Snowboard receives Government of Canada support to host world-class athletes, including Canadian Olympians, at the 2015 FIS Snowboard World Cup in Québec City and Stoneham

STONEHAM, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - Feb. 17, 2015) - Department of Canadian Heritage and Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions

The Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport), today announced the Government of Canada has provided $210,000 to Canada Snowboard, through Sport Canada's Hosting Program, to support the 2015 International Ski Federation (FIS) Snowboard World Cup from February 19 to 22 at Stoneham Mountain Resort in Stoneham, Quebec.

The Honorable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, also announced a contribution of $175,000 to support marketing outside Quebec of the 2015 Snowboard Jamboree, one of the scheduled stops on the 2014-2015 FIS Snowboard World Cup calendar.

Quick Facts

  • This is the 16th World Cup held in Quebec; this 2015 edition will attract 130 athletes from 25 countries.

  • The FIS Snowboard World Cup is part of Snowboard Jamboree, a popular snowboard festival held in the region since 2005.

  • For the 2014-2015 fiscal year, the Government of Canada, through Sport Canada's Sport Support Program, has contributed $2,565,000 to Canada Snowboard to support programs for national teams, national championships, coaching and officiating development, as well as various other national initiatives.

  • This is one of two snowboard events supported by Sport Canada's Hosting Program in 2014-2015; $40,000 was also provided to the 2015 Canada Snowboard IPC Para World Cup in Big White, British Columbia.

  • For the 2013-2014 fiscal year, the Government of Canada provided $653,940 through Sport Canada's Athlete Assistance Program to 57 athletes to help with their living, training and education expenses and allow them to focus on their training.

  • Canada Snowboard is the main provider of programs and support services, based on established principles of long-term athlete development, for all levels of snowboarding. It is committed to high-performance excellence in World Cup, World Championship, and Olympic and Paralympic competition.

  • Since 2010, Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED) has supported the Snowboard Jamboree with contributions totalling more than $660,000.

  • CED's support will help showcase the event, as well as the winter attractions of Québec City and its region, throughout North America, Europe and Asia.

  • The 2015 Snowboard Jamboree will contribute tourist-related-spending of $1.5 million for Quebec.

Quotes

"Our Government is thrilled that the Québec City region is once again host to some of the very best snowboarders in the world during the Year of Sport in Canada. What a great place for winter sport, and an exciting event for all of the participants-especially our Canadian athletes-to wow the crowd in this heart-pounding, high-flying event. Our country will be cheering you on as you push for the podium in Stoneham."

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

"It is a pleasure once again to host Canadian and international snowboarders, as well as to showcase the hospitality of our communities and the natural beauty of our region. Our support for the marketing of these prestigious FIS Snowboard World Cup competitions helps promote the Greater Québec City region abroad and generate significant economic benefits. Welcome, and good luck to everyone!"

-The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec

"Canada Snowboard is proud to support a number of Canada's best freestyle athletes with the opportunity to compete in front of a home crowd in Québec City. Thanks to the support offered by the Government of Canada and the Year of Sport initiative, our athletes have had the opportunity to train in the best possible environment in preparation for the year's only domestic freestyle World Cup. We anticipate great success from our deep slopestyle and big air talent pool at this important event."

-Steven Hills, Executive Director, Canada Snowboard

Associated Links

Sport Canada

Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions

Canada Snowboard

International Ski Federation

Snow Jamboree

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Contact Information

  • Robert Lynch
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Honourable Bal Gosal, P.C., M.P.
    Minister of State (Sport)
    819-934-1122
    robert.lynch@sports.gc.ca

    Media Relations
    Canadian Heritage
    819-994-9101
    1-866-569-6155
    media@pch.gc.ca

    Media Relations
    Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions
    514-283-8818
    media@dec-ced.gc.ca

    Vincent Rabault, Press Secretary
    Office of the Honourable Denis Lebel
    Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions
    514-496-1282
    vincent.rabault@miga-maig.gc.ca