Government of Canada announces financial support for Canada Basketball
The investments will help the organization develop basketball and wheelchair basketball in Canada and improve safe sports practices
GATINEAUQC, November 10, 2022 /CNW/ – The Government of Canada is committed to supporting Canadians from playground to podium, helping Canadians get active, inspiring youth and bringing people 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 $5,646,230 in funding for Canada Basketball and Wheelchair Basketball Canada for 2022-2023, including $18,000 for sports safety.
The investment will provide funding for the day-to-day operations of the organization, promote basketball and wheelchair basketball to all Canadians, and support high performance athletes who compete nationally and internationally. Canada Basketball funding also includes $80,000 to host the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 – Americas Qualifiers (Window 5) at Edmonton of November 10 to 13, 2022.
Investing in safety in sport is part of the government’s work with sports 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:
using the Office of the Sport Integrity Commissioner 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 Maltreatment in Sport into their organizational policies and procedures.
As the largest investor in from Canada sports system, the government of Canada is proud of its investments in support of Canadian athletes, national and multi-sport organizations, and international sport event hosting initiatives.
“Our government is proud to support our national sport associations in their efforts to help their athletes develop and make their sport safer. $5.6 million This funding gives Canada Basketball and Wheelchair Basketball Canada the tools to provide safer training environments, support high-performance athletes more effectively, and conduct their day-to-day activities. All Canadians benefit when our athletes have more opportunities to compete and showcase their skills on the world stage. The FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 will help inspire youngsters 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
“Sport brings people together, builds community and enhances Canada on the world stage. As part of this investment in Canada Basketball, Edmonton will welcome visitors from all over Canada and around the world for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Qualifiers. Thank you to everyone who will make this event possible. My best wishes to the athletes, coaches and all those responsible for promoting this international competition.”
—The Honorable Randy Boissonnault, Minister of Tourism and Associate Minister of Finance, and Member of Parliament (Edmonton Centre)
“Playing professional basketball around the world, our athletes rarely have the opportunity to represent their country at home in front of their family, friends and our passionate Canadian fans. On behalf of Canada Basketball, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Sport Canada for their continued support, not only helping us organize the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Qualifiers Edmonton this week, but delivering a home experience these players will never forget. Edmonton has a rich basketball history and the city has been a strong supporter of Canada Basketball over the years. With the opportunity to secure a spot for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 next summer and take another step towards Paris Olympics 2024, it’s going to be an exciting week of basketball at the EXPO Center in Edmonton. »
—Michael Bartlett, President and CEO, Canada Basketball
“Wheelchair Basketball Canada (WBC) is committed to developing, supporting and promoting wheelchair basketball programs and services for all Canadians. Canada helps WBC deliver programs and services that strengthen grassroots sport to high-performance athletes participating in the Paralympic Games.
Additionally, WBC remains committed to working with the sports community to create a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment for everyone involved in wheelchair basketball. We are committed to educating and supporting our employees, ensuring that we maintain and apply the highest standards of ethics, behavior and citizenship, and to continue to foster a community where diversity and inclusion are accepted and celebrated. »
—Wendy Gittens, Executive Director, Wheelchair Basketball Canada
Canada Basketball is the official governing body for basketball in Canada. The organization supports 111,371 registrants. Wheelchair Basketball Canada is the official governing body for wheelchair basketball in Canada. The organization supports 157,707 registrants.
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 impact of the pandemic. Funding to host the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 – Americas Qualifiers (Window 5) has been provided through Sport Canada’s Hosting Program.
To be eligible for funding, all sports organizations must have a policy on harassment, abuse and discrimination, 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, fair, respectful and equitable for all parties involved.
SOURCE Canadian Heritage
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