Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

July 23, 2015 11:00 ET

Canadian Golfers Welcome the World

Government of Canada provides support to Golf Canada to host the 2015 RBC Canadian Open

OAKVILLE, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - July 23, 2015) - Department of Canadian Heritage
The Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport), today announced $150,000 in funding for Golf Canada in support of the 2015 RBC Canadian Open. This funding is being provided through Sport Canada's Hosting Program.
Quick Facts

  • The Canadian Open is a professional golf tournament that was first played in 1904. Since then, it has been presented every year, except during the First and Second World Wars. The Canadian Open is the third oldest continuously running tournament on the PGA Tour, after the Open Championship and the U.S. Open.
  • Funding, through Sport Canada's Hosting Program, will provide up to 23 Canadian athletes, 14 Canadian coaches and 10 Canadian officials with a highly competitive international experience.
  • For the 2015-16 fiscal year, the Government of Canada, through Sport Canada's Sport Support Program, is providing close to $697,000 to Golf Canada to support programs and services that have a direct impact on athlete development.
  • From November 1, 2014, to October 31, 2015, the Government of Canada-through Sport Canada's Athlete Assistance Program-is providing approximately $131,000 to support 18 carded athletes with living and training expenses to help them focus on their pursuit of excellence.
  • During the Year of Sport in Canada, the Government of Canada is encouraging Canadians of all levels of ability to participate in sport according to their talents and interests.
  • In Economic Action Plan 2015, the Government doubled the Children's Fitness Tax Credit to $1,000 to help offset the costs of parents enrolling their children in organized sports. At the same time, it will be investing an additional $20 million in the next generation of Olympic and Paralympic athletes, to ensure they continue to have what they need to push for the podium today and in the future.

Quotes

"In this Year of Sport in Canada, we have hosted over 60 international sport events. This tournament among these events, which not only bring economic benefits to Canadian businesses, but also help showcase our Canadian athletes, values and pride to a global audience. We are pleased to once again assist Golf Canada in presenting this prestigious sporting event."

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

"On behalf of Golf Canada and everyone involved with the 106th playing of Canada's National Open Golf Championship at Glen Abbey Golf Club, we are proud to celebrate the Year of Sport with the continued support of Sport Canada as a partner in the RBC Canadian Open. For more than a century, our National Men's Open Golf Championship has been a rallying point for Canadian golf, providing our top amateur and professional athletes the opportunity to compete against the world's best golfers. We are also extremely proud that the event is a major draw for Canadian, U.S. and international spectators; is broadcast to hundreds of millions of homes around the world; and contributes an economic impact of more than $20 million within the province and our host community."

-Scott Simmons, CEO, Golf Canada

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RBC Canadian Open

Year of Sport

Children's Fitness Tax Credit

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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
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