PRINCE GEORGE – The Province has delivered its final payment of $10.12 million in direct funding for the 2015 Canada Winter Games, fulfilling its pledge to stand behind the host society, announced Ida Chong, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development.

The Province provided start-up funding of $1 million for the Games effort
in the fall of 2011. Today’s final payment of $10.12 million to the host society completes the Province’s total financial commitment to staging the Games at $11.12 million.

The 2015 Canada Winter Games will take place from Feb. 13 to March 1 and will feature our nation’s next generation of elite athletes. Team BC will bring a dedicated collection of 350 athletes, coaches and mission staff to the Games and will strive to be the very best at this multi-sport competition. The Canada Games are an important avenue for our high-performance athletes, who may go on to represent Canada at the Olympic Games and other international competitions.

It is projected that the 2015 Canada Winter Games will inject an estimated $70 million to $90 million into the regional economy. Families in the region will benefit from other Games legacies such as improved infrastructure, a trained volunteer base, and sport-development programs and services. This will improve the long-term social and economic health of B.C.’s northern residents.