Government of Canada

Government of Canada

November 30, 2006 08:00 ET

Canada's New Government Supports Atlantic High-Performance Sport Strategy

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 30, 2006) - The Honourable Peter Van Loan, President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, and Minister for Sport, today announced $738,000 in federal funding over three years for the Atlantic High-Performance Sport Strategy. This amount will be matched by the provincial governments of Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland and Labrador.

"In partnership with the Atlantic Provinces, Canada's new Government is providing additional funding for Atlantic Canadian athletes that will allow them to excel on the national and international stage," said Minister Van Loan. "These athletes will have more opportunities to participate on senior national teams and win medals in international competition thanks to this new infusion of funding for the Atlantic High-Performance Sport Strategy."

"This continued support provides a substantial boost to New Brunswick's top athletes who have the potential to make national senior teams and to achieve international success," said Premier of New Brunswick Shawn Graham, also Minister of Wellness, Culture and Sport. "Athletes who strive for the highest standard of excellence need our support to help cover some of the costs associated with reaching their goals."

"We welcome the continued partnership between the federal government, the provincial departments responsible for sport in Atlantic Canada, and our delivery agent, the Canadian Sport Centre Atlantic," said Elmer MacFadyen, Prince Edward Island's Minister Responsible for Sport and Recreation. "This strategy continues to enhance development opportunities for our high-performance athletes, coaches, and officials. We hope that through such efforts, even more Atlantic Canadians will join national team programs."

"High-calibre athletes from Newfoundland and Labrador continue to feel the benefits of the Atlantic Sport Strategy," said Tom Hedderson, Newfoundland and Labrador's Minister of Tourism, Culture and Recreation. "This strategy also helps our promising athletes gain the skills necessary to compete on national teams and in international competitions."

"Working together with the federal government has helped us secure funding and resources necessary to support our athletes as they reach for their goals," said Barry Barnet, Nova Scotia's Minister of Health Promotion and Protection. "Our high-performance athletes help bolster community pride and raise the profile of sport excellence in Atlantic Canada."

The key objectives of the Atlantic High-Performance Sport Strategy are to increase the number of carded athletes from the Atlantic provinces, to increase the number of top-eight performances by athletes from Atlantic Canada at the 2008 Olympic and Paralympic Games, to increase the number of athletes selected to national training squads, and to hire and retain new coaches in selected sports. This announcement comes as a renewal of Sport Canada funding of $738, 000 over the past three years to the Canadian Sport Centre (Atlantic) in support of coaching, training, and competition opportunities for our future world-class athletes.

Canada's new Government is proud to support the Atlantic High-Performance Sport Strategy. This support coupled with the new funding for the Halifax bid for the 2014 Commonwealth Games demonstrates the Government of Canada's commitment to Atlantic Canada's contribution to high-performance sport in Canada. The Government of Canada is confident that these initiatives will allow Atlantic-Canada-based athletes the opportunity to continue to shine on the national and world stages.

Canada's new Government is the single largest investor in Canada's sport system. More than $140 million is provided annually for initiatives to support our high-performance athletes and to promote sport and participation among Canadians.

This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Office of the President of the Queen's Privy Council
    for Canada, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs,
    and Minister for Sport
    Gary Toft, Director of Communications
    613-943-1833
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Donald Boulanger
    A/Chief, Media Relations
    819-994-9101