Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

June 20, 2008 11:00 ET

Government of Canada Announces Eligibility of Canadian Cricket Association for Future Funding

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 20, 2008) - The Government of Canada today announced that the Canadian Cricket Association now meets the international criteria of the Sport Funding and Accountability Framework (SFAF). As a result, the Association's eligibility for future funding is confirmed.

The Honourable Helena Guergis, Secretary of State (Foreign Affairs and International Trade) (Sport) and Member of Parliament (Simcoe-Grey), made the announcement at the Canadian Cricket Association's office in Toronto's Sport Alliance Centre. The Association Canadian cricket team uniform was unveiled, and the appointment of a team captain was announced.

"The Government of Canada welcomes Cricket Canada to the list of sports that are eligible to receive Government of Canada funding," said Secretary of State Guergis. "We are proud of the association's achievements and we look forward to supporting future initiatives."

The Sport Funding and Accountability Framework (SFAF) is the process used by Canadian Heritage to identify which organizations are eligible for Sport Canada contributions under the Sport Support Program.

The Department of Canadian Heritage will analyze the Canadian Cricket Association's (CCA) funding request for 2008-2009. During Victoria Day weekend, the CCA hosted the Under-20 National Cricket Tournament in King City. The Department intends to support the development of this sport in our country-a sport with widespread international participation.

The Government of Canada is the single largest contributor to sport in this country and supports participation and excellence from the playground to the podium. When the commitments in Budget 2008 are fully implemented, the Government of Canada's investment in the Canadian sport system will reach an all-time high of more than $164 million annually.

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

Contact Information

  • Office of the Secretary of State
    (Foreign Affairs and International Trade) (Sport)
    613-995-1293
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Donald Boulanger
    A/Chief, Media Relations
    819-997-9314