VICTORIA – The Province continues to help build local economies through sport by contributing more than $200,000 to support sport hosting events across British Columbia, announced Ida Chong, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development.

Forty-six grants have been awarded to successful applicants who applied to Hosting BC in December. These grants are helping a wide range of events, from the 2012 Victoria International Rugby Sevens, to the Sledge Hockey Shoot Out. Events will take place in communities ranging from Aldergrove and Prince George to Port Alberni and Dawson Creek.

Hosting BC supports large sporting events and helps build B.C.’s reputation as a premier event hosting destination. Since 2004, close to $3.7 million in Hosting BC funding has been awarded to support 462 events in more than 45 communities throughout the province. In 2010-2011, more than 100 events were funded in more than 30 communities.
Minister Ida Chong Community, Sport and Cultural Development – “Hosting BC funds help provide to communities right across B.C. the opportunity to attract visitors from Canada and the world, and that supports the development of local businesses in sectors such as tourism, recreation and hospitality. Sport plays an important role in the health of B.C. families and our economy.”