Province Investing In Amateur Sport, Boosting Local Economies
The 2019 and 2020 Ontario Games will be coming to the communities of Durham Region, Huntsville and Orillia, which will boost local economies and give the province’s amateur athletes the opportunity to compete close to home.
These communities were chosen based on their ability to host competitions that showcase Ontario’s athletes and provide participants, volunteers and spectators with an exciting amateur sport experience:
- Durham Region will host the 2019 Ontario ParaSport Games. Communities in Durham will also benefit from the legacy of accessible facilities for future events. The community previously hosted the 2000 Ontario Summer Games and the 2010 Ontario 55+ Summer Games.
- The Town of Huntsville will host the Ontario 55+ Winter Games in 2019. These Games are the only major provincial sporting event in Ontario for the 55+ age demographic. Huntsville hosted these games in 2013 and provides an ideal setting for snow sports.
- The City of Orillia will be hosting back-to-back Ontario Winter Games, having been previously awarded the 2018 Ontario Winter Games. The 2020 Ontario Winter Games will feature Orillia’s new recreation complex, which will be opened later in 2018.
These three multi-sport games will contribute to local tourism and economic activity with an expected total impact of $8.5 million in the host communities. Hosting multi-sport events is part of Game ON – The Ontario Government’s Sport Plan, which is helping more people in Ontario get involved in sports, building healthier communities and creating jobs.
Providing competitive opportunities for amateur athletes is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.
- Ontario is investing a total of $1,000,000 to support the 2020 Ontario Winter Games, $110,000 for the 2019 ParaSport Games and $235,000 for the 2019 Ontario 55+ Games.
- The anticipated local economic impact of the Parasport Games to Durham Region is $500,000 and will bring 350 participants to the region.
- The Town of Huntsville will welcome more than 1,000 participants for the Ontario 55+ Games, which will have economic impact of $2 million.
- City of Orillia will host 3,300 participants for the 2020 Ontario Winter Games, which will have a local economic impact of $6 million.
- Ontario funds the Quest for Gold Program with $9.76 million annually, which helps high performing athletes live and train in Ontario.
- In 2015, sport tourism in Ontario accounted for $2.39 billion in spending.