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Government of Canada announces financial support for Alpine Canada


Investments will help the organization advance the sport of alpine skiing in Canada and improve safe sport practices

GATINEAU, QC, Nov. 22, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ - The Government of Canada is committed to supporting Canadians from the playground to the podium and helping the sport community get Canadians active, inspire young people and bring us together in the spirit of healthy competition.

Today, the Honourable Pascale St-Onge, Minister of Sport and Minister responsible for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, announced $6,278,000 in funding for Alpine Canada for 2022?23, including $50,500 devoted to safety in sport.

The investment will provide the organization with the financial means to conduct its daily operations, promote the sport of alpine skiing among all Canadians, and support high-performance athletes competing at the national and international levels. The funding includes $400,000 to host the AUDI International Ski Federation (FIS) Ski World Cup men's event in Lake Louise, Alberta, from November 22 to 27, 2022, and the women's event from November 29 to December 4, 2022

The investment in safety in sport is part of the government's ongoing work with sport organizations to ensure a safe sport environment for athletes across Canada. The annual funding will help national sport organizations meet important governance, accountability and safe sport standards, such as:

As the single largest investor in Canada's sport system, the Government of Canada is proud of the investments it makes to support Canadian athletes, the national and multisport organizations that support them, and the hosting of international sport events.

Quotes

"As the Minister of Sport, I am proud to support our national sport associations in their efforts to better serve their athletes and participants and make their sport safer. Our funding of $6.2 million gives Alpine Canada tools to offer safer training environments for all, and better means to support high-performing athletes and conduct daily operations. All Canadians benefit when our athletes have more opportunities to compete at a world-class level and showcase their skills on the world stage. The AUDI FIS Ski World Cups will do just that and inspire young people to strive for greatness and stay active."

?The Honourable Pascale St-Onge, Minister of Sport and Minister responsible for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec

"Alpine Canada deeply appreciates the support of the Government of Canada in the hosting of our international events, as well as our shared commitment to provide a healthy, safe and inclusive sport environment for all.  Skiing is a sport for life that unites Canadians and creates unforgettable moments from playground to podium as families and friends come together to participate. We hope fans enjoy watching and are inspired by the passion and performance of our #CANski team athletes over the next two weeks in Lake Louise." 

? Therese Brisson, President & Chief Executive Officer, Alpine Canada

Quick Facts

Alpine Canada is the official governing organization for the sport of alpine skiing in Canada. The organization supports over 21,357 registrants. 

Funding to national sport organizations mostly comes from Sport Canada's Sport Support Program. A portion of this year's investment came from the Recovery Fund for Arts, Culture, Heritage and Sport Sectors, which leveraged existing programs to provide $300 million over two years to organizations recovering from the impacts of the pandemic. The funding to host the men's and women's events of the AUDI FIS Ski World Cup was made through Sport Canada's Hosting program.

To be eligible for funding, all sport organizations must have a policy on harassment, abuse and discrimination; offer mandatory training on those issues; and provide access to an independent third-party to receive and manage complaints. It will gradually become mandatory for federally funded organizations to use the services of the Office of the Sport Integrity Commissioner as their independent third-party mechanism. 

Effective April 1, 2023, Sport Canada will change contribution agreements with organizations that meet the new eligibility requirements of the Sport Funding Framework. The goal is to ensure that sport organizations receiving federal funding meet specific governance, accountability and safe sport standards.

The Office of the Sport Integrity Commissioner is responsible for administering the Universal Code of Conduct to Prevent and Address Maltreatment in Sport using trauma-informed processes that are compassionate, efficient and provide fairness, respect and equity to all parties involved.

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