Canadian Sports Get Government Lifeline

    • Canadian sports governing bodies were given $72 million by the federal government.
    • The money comes just days after a report of the organizations dire situation.

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The Canadian sport sector has been granted $72 million by the government to help ease the coronavirus pains, according to the CBC. The federal grant came as part of a $198.3 million program for sports, arts and culture.

“National sports organizations, multi-sport service organizations and sports institutes in Canada are an important part of the fabric of this country,” Canadian Olympic Committee CEO David Shoemaker told the CBC. “That’s a main point of focus for emergency funding, to make sure that they stay viable.”

How the sports money breaks down: 

  • National sport organizations and institutes – $34.5 million
  • Provinces and territories – $32.5 million
  • Athlete Assistance Program – $5 million

The grant came just a few days after a CBC report that nearly 70 Canadian sports governing bodies were worried about survival. In related news, the Canadian Football League has requested up to $150 million.