MPP Oosterhoff Committed to Success of Canada GamesPublished on September 16, 2020
St. Catharines - With the decision today by the Canada Games Council and 2021 Canada Games Host Society to postpone the Canada Games in Niagara by one year to 2022 in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak, Sam Oosterhoff, MPP for Niagara West, is expressing whole-hearted support for the leadership of the 2021 Canada Games Host Society and countless volunteers committed to the success of the premier sporting event.
"I raised the issue of my support for the games this morning in Question Period to Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport," said MPP Oosterhoff.
"Minister MacLeod, who visited Niagara in person as recently as Monday, affirmed the support of our government for the games and leadership of the local host society. The Minister and I are committed to the success of the games and continue to look forward to welcoming world-class athletes from across the country to our region in 2022."
The Government of Ontario is supporting the Canada Games by committing to a cost-shared investment of $29 million for the construction of new sport facilities currently being built, including the Canada Games Park in Thorold and Henley Rowing Centre in St. Catharines, which will support athletes and bring new jobs to Niagara.
"Hosting a national sport event is a tremendous opportunity to reap the economic and social rewards that come with it," said MPP Oosterhoff.
"Not only will this project create an amazing, unforgettable experience for athletes, but the new sport and recreation facilities currently being built, including over $111 million in local legacy infrastructure, will be enjoyed by residents of all ages and abilities for years to come."