The Canadian Paralympic Committee Commends Government of Canada for Ongoing Commitment towards High Performance Sport

April 22, 2015

Ottawa, ON (April 21, 2015) - Canada's next generation of Paralympic stars will be receiving an increase in funding for the next 4 years. The announcement was made today by Finance Minister Joe Oliver during his presentation of Canada's Economic Action Plan 2015-16 which included a 20 million dollar investment ($5 million per year) in high performance sport over the four (4) year period beginning in 2016-17, to be matched by the private sector.

"We are extremely thankful to have the government of Canada's support in the development of our next generation of Paralympic athletes, and with this support, we will be able to continue to build Canada's strong future in sport," said Gaetan Tardif, President of the Canadian Paralympic Committee. 

"It's quite encouraging to see that our Government is seeing sport as a strong vehicle for a healthier lifestyle, social change as well as its ability to unite and foster great pride in our country."

"We are investing in our future athletes and that sends a very strong message across our community that Canadians value sport and continue to support our athletes as they strive to achieve their Paralympic dreams."

The investment will target increased support towards coaching, improvement of daily training regimes for athletes, as well as sport science and sport medicine services targeting up-and-coming elite athletes that are 4 to 8 years from achieving Paralympic podium success.

"As we get increasingly excited about celebrating the Year of Sport in 2015 and get ready to host the Americas at the largest Pan/Parapan summer Games in Toronto this summer, such an announcement can only add to the drive and commitment of our athletes and coaches as they prepare for future Paralympic Games."

The Government of Canada's leading financial investment in high performance sport has been critical to the success of Canada's Paralympic athletes.

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For more information, please contact:

Alison Korn
Senior Manager, Media Relations and Communications
Canadian Paralympic Committee
Phone: 613-569-4333 ext. 243
Cell: 613-298-4927
akorn@paralympic.ca 

Martin Richard
Executive Director, Communications and Marketing
Canadian Paralympic Committee
Tel: 613-569-4333 ext. 224
Cell: 613-725-4339
mrichard@paralympic.ca