Government of Canada announces financial support for Badminton Canada
The investments will help the organization advance the sport of badminton by Canada and improve safe sports practices
GATINEAUQC, September 27, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – The Government of Canada is committed to supporting Canadians from playground to podium and helping the sport community to engage Canadians, inspire youth and bring us together in the spirit of healthy competition.
Today, the Honorable Pascale St-Onge, Minister of Sports and Minister responsible for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the regions of Quebecannouncement $1,232,590 in funding for Badminton Canada for 2022-2023, with a $22,000 devoted to safety in sport.
The investment will provide the organization with the financial means to conduct its day-to-day operations, promote the sport of badminton to all Canadians, and support high performance athletes who compete nationally and internationally. Funding includes $75,000 to host the 2022 Yonex Canadian Open in Calgary of September 27 to October 2, 2022.
Investing in safety in sport is part of the government’s ongoing work with sport organizations to ensure a safe sporting environment for athletes across Canada. Annual funding will help national sport organizations meet important governance, accountability and safe sport standards, such as:
adhere to the services of the Office of the Sports Integrity Commissioner (OSIC) as an independent third-party mechanism to address allegations of mistreatment;
provide mandatory training for athletes, coaches and support staff to prevent and address abuse; and
integrate the Universal Code of Conduct to Prevent and Address Mistreatment in Sport (UCCMS) into their organizational policies and procedures.
As the largest investor in from Canada sports system, the government of Canada is proud of the investments it makes to support Canadian athletes, the national and multi-sport organizations that support them, and the hosting of international sporting events.
“As Minister of Sport, I am proud to support our national sport associations in their efforts to improve their athletes and their infrastructures and make their sport safer. Our funding of $1.2 million gives Badminton Canada tools to provide safer training environments for all and better ways to support high performance athletes and conduct day-to-day operations. All Canadians benefit when our athletes have more opportunities to compete at a world-class level and showcase their skills on the world stage. The 2022 Yonex Canada Open will do just that and inspire young people to strive for excellence and stay active. »
—The Honorable Pascale St-Onge, Minister of Sports and Minister responsible for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the regions of Quebec
“Badminton Canada greatly appreciates the support of the government of Canada to help advance badminton in Canada and improve safe sport practices in all sports. Funding received has helped the organization educate athletes, coaches, officials and many other stakeholders; policy updates; and ensuring that an independent third party is available to assist whenever an individual has a question or concern. The ability for anyone to feel safe when playing sport is crucial to their enjoyment, and we appreciate the support of the Government of Canada to help maintain this safe environment.”
—Ken Poole, President, Badminton Canada
Badminton Canada is the official governing body for the sport of badminton in Canada. The organization has over 40,000 members.
Funding for National Sport Organizations comes primarily from Sport Canada’s Sport Support Program. Part of this year’s investment came from the Arts, Culture, Heritage and Sport Recovery Fund, which leveraged existing programs to provide $300 million over two years to organizations recovering from the effects of the pandemic. Funding to host the 2022 Yonex Canada Open has been provided through Sport Canada’s Hosting Program.
To be eligible for funding, all sports organizations must have a harassment, abuse and discrimination policy; provide mandatory training on these issues; and provide access to an independent third party to receive and manage complaints. It will gradually become mandatory for federally funded organizations to use the services of the Office of the Sport Integrity Commissioner as an independent third-party mechanism.
Efficient April 1, 2023, Sport Canada will modify contribution agreements with organizations that meet the new Sport Funding Framework eligibility requirements. The goal is to ensure that sport organizations that receive federal funding meet specific standards of governance, accountability and safe sport.
The Office of the Sport Integrity Commissioner is responsible for administering the Universal code of conduct to prevent and combat ill-treatment in sport using trauma-informed processes that are compassionate, effective, and provide fairness, respect, and fairness to all involved.
SOURCE Canadian Heritage
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