Federal Government Announces Funding Support of the 2019 Canada Winter Games

Friday, 5th May 2017

(Red Deer, Alberta) - Today, Federal Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities Carla Qualtrough announced over $11 million in funding for the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alberta. The support includes $3 million in capital project funding for enhancements to Great Chief Park, which will host long track speed skating during the 2019 Games.

“Our athletes and coaches are a great source of pride and inspiration for us all. The Canada Games provide future members of our country’s national teams with valuable training and competition experience,” said the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities. "I’m thrilled to announce our government’s support for the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer—a city that promotes innovation and collaboration through sport. This investment highlights our belief that future generations matter and that the Canada Games play an important role in helping young Canadian athletes get ready for success on the national and international stage.”

“Today’s exciting announcement helps ensure that the 2019 Canada Winter Games delivers a life-shaping experience for all participants,” said Lyn Radford, Board Chair of the 2019 Canada Winter Games. “We are grateful to receive this funding and are proud to be partners with all levels of government to further the Canada Games movement by building champions and inspiring dreams amongst youth across our nation. In addition, this contribution to Great Chief Park will leave an exciting four season legacy in our community for Red Deerians to enjoy.”

“We are pleased to have the federal government as a partner in ensuring the success of the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer,” said Mayor Tara Veer. “Today’s announcement highlights the commitments made by all orders of government to support youth and athletic development in our community through infrastructure investment while also providing enhanced recreational amenities to all citizens of Red Deer.”

"The Canada Games would not be possible without the unwavering support of our government partners," said Tom Quinn, Canada Games Council Chairman. "During these last 50 years, the Canada Games have evolved into the iconic event it is today thanks to the passion the Canadian Government has exhibited towards the growth of amateur sport in this country."

With this announcement, the federal government joins the Province of Alberta and The City of Red Deer as a Funding Party of the 2019 Games. The Province of Alberta and The City of Red Deer also have provided over $11 million in funding for the 2019 Games, which accounts for over 75 per cent of the 2019 Games approximate $44 million total budget. Remaining funds will be raised through sponsorship, ticket sales and merchandise.

For more information on the 2019 Canada Winter Games, please visit www.canadagames.ca/2019.