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The federal government last week announced up to $1.1 million additional funding to the Niagara 2022 Canada Summer Games to cover costs due to COVID-19. It’s the third funding announcement related to the 2022 Canada Games over the last three years.
“We are very grateful to the federal government for its additional support of the Niagara 2022 Canada Summer Games. While the decision to postpone our Games by a year was a difficult one that came with added challenges, it was undoubtedly the right decision,” said Doug Hamilton, board chair of the Niagara 2022 Canada Summer Games.
“Ultimately, thanks to the additional support, we will be able to host the Games that were originally envisioned — a Games that will bring Canadians from all parts of our country together for a national celebration in the Niagara Region.”
The Canada Games are the country’s marquee event for amateur sport representing the highest level of national competition for thousands of up-and-coming Canadian athletes. More than 5,000 participants and close to 4,500 volunteers are expected to take part in Canada’s largest multi-sport event in the Niagara Region from August 6-21, 2022.
“When Niagara was awarded the 2021 Canada Summer Games in 2017, no one expected the enormous challenges the COVID-19 pandemic would create as the Host Society prepares to host this once-in-a-lifetime event in our community,” said St. Catharines MP Chris Bittle.
“From the difficult decision to delay the games to the delays in construction caused by the pandemic, additional costs would certainly change the Games. This funding will help ensure that Niagara hosts the best Canada Summer Games possible and that the success of the event is not limited due to the challenges of the global pandemic.”
More than 5,000 up-and-coming athletes, their coaches and support staff will gather to compete for the podium in Canada’s largest multi-sport event.