Government of Canada

Government of Canada

December 06, 2009 18:20 ET

Government of Canada Celebrates the Torch Relay With the Community of Trois-Rivieres

TROIS-RIVIERES, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Dec. 6, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of State (Sport), Senator Fortin Duplessis today celebrated the arrival of the Olympic Flame in Trois-Rivieres as part of the Olympic Torch Relay's journey across our country.

Our Government has invested $22.5 million to ensure that communities throughout our country join in the excitement and thrill of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay.

The events and activities organized by each celebration community highlight Canadian pride in our athletes, culture, and country. Canadians from coast to coast to coast have the unique opportunity to take part in an unforgettable Olympic experience and celebrate the talent and dedication of our Canadian athletes as they own the podium in 2010. Trois-Rivieres has been provided with $15,000. Each celebration community is different and offers unique opportunities for all Canadians to welcome the Olympic Flame.

"The Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay is the longest domestic relay in Olympic history," said Senator Duplessis. "Through its journey, the Olympic Flame will be carried by 12 000 torchbearers through more than 1 000 communities across our country. I invite all Canadians to participate and embrace the Olympic spirit."

At the end of its journey, the flame will arrive in Vancouver on February 12, 2010, for the Opening Ceremony signalling the start of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. The flame burns for the entire duration of the Games and is extinguished during the Closing Ceremony on February 28, 2010.

Senator Duplessis presented a commemorative plaque to the municipality of Trois-Rivieres for welcoming the Olympic Flame to their community. The plaque symbolizes the legacy that will endure in communities long after the flame is extinguished.

For more information on our Government's support for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay or the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, visit

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Gary Lunn, P.C., M.P.
    Minister of State (Sport)
    Vanessa Schneider