$1.1 million in additional funding to assist Niagara 2022 Canada Summer Games organizers

The federal government has announced additional funding of up to $1.1 million to support the Niagara 2022 Canada Summer Games.

Minister of Canadian Heritage Steven Guilbeault, during a Tuesday morning news conference, announced that the added funding will cover extra costs resulting from the pandemic.

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“The Canada Games play a vital role in encouraging current athletes and sparking passion for future generations,” said Guilbeault. “By showcasing an incredible array of sporting events, it is a training ground for the next generation.”

The games were originally scheduled for this summer in Niagara Region, but were postponed until August 2022 because of COVID-19.

Doug Hamilton, chair of the Niagara Host Society, says the additional funding will “enable us to host the games that we originally envisioned, games that will inspire, transform and unify.”

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The Niagara 2022 Canada Summer Games will feature competition in 18 sports, including the return of lacrosse after a 36-year absence.

More than 5,000 athletes and coaches from all provinces and territories are expected to participate between Aug. 6 and 21, 2022.

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