Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

June 10, 2015 09:00 ET

Support for the Tour de Beauce

Beauce holds a special place in the international cycling series

SAINT-GEORGES, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - June 10, 2015) - Department of Canadian Heritage

The Government of Canada, through Sport Canada's Hosting Program, is providing $50,000 dollars to Cycling Canada for the 30th edition of the Tour de Beauce. This international competition, which is being held from June 10 to 14, 2015, is attracting 135 elite and up-and-coming athletes from 20 countries, including 65 Canadian representatives.

The Honourable Maxime Bernier, Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism, and Agriculture) and Member of Parliament (Beauce), made this announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport), at the launch of the first stage of the Tour de Beauce.

Quick Facts

  • In 2014-15, the Government of Canada, through Sport Canada's Sport Support Program, provided Cycling Canada close to $4.5 million for programs and services that have a direct impact on athletes and their development.
  • In 2015-16, the Government of Canada, through the Athlete Assistance Program, is providing 52 cyclists with direct monthly support to assist with living, training and education expenses and allow them to focus on their training.
  • Our top-level athletes are very important to the Government of Canada, as are the health and lifestyle of Canadians. In its 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, starting in 2016-17, it will invest an additional $20 million in the next generation of Olympic and Paralympic athletes to ensure they continue to have what they need to reach the podium today and in the future.

Quotes

"Each year, the Tour de Beauce attracts cyclists from all over the world. During the Year of Sport in Canada, we will be able to see our Canadian athletes face off against international competition here at home. No doubt their strength, endurance and determination will inspire the Canadians of all ages and from all walks of life who have come to cheer them on."

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

"Thanks to Cycling Canada, the organizers and the many volunteers, we have been able to host this important race for the past 30 years. The Tour de Beauce is a must on the calendar of our local cyclists and of those from around the world. It is a great opportunity to showcase our region on the international stage and encourage our Canadian athletes. Good luck to all!"

-The Honourable Maxime Bernier, Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism, and Agriculture) and Member of Parliament (Beauce)

"The Tour de Beauce has given rise to some extraordinary races in Canada for the best cyclists from this country and beyond. Thanks to its unique stages and its challenging course, the Tour requires a team approach in order to achieve desired performances. The ongoing support of the Government of Canada for this important competition is much appreciated. On behalf of Cycling Canada, good luck to all the competitors and members of the support staff. I hope you enjoy your time in Beauce. Thank you to the organizers and members of the community who make this major race possible and give our cyclists the opportunity to take part in a world-class competition on Canadian soil."

-Greg Mathieu, Chief Executive Officer and Secretary General, Cycling Canada Cyclisme

Associated Links

Tour de Beauce

Cycling Canada

Sport Canada

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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    media@pch.gc.ca