NDP MLA Mitzi Dean says grants will support sports events and tourism in Colwood

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COLWOOD – New Democrat MLA Mitzi Dean says funding for sporting events in B.C. communities will boost local tourism and enrich sports communities for B.C. athletes, so sports fans, athletes, and businesses can enjoy games close to home, and travel to games across the province.

“Sports can bring people together and break down barriers,” said Mitzi Dean, MLA for Esquimalt-Metchosin. “By providing funding for sports events and opportunities, our government is building stronger, more connected communities.”

In Colwood, the following events are receiving funding:

  • $1,800 for the Judo BC Provincial Championships this April
  • $1,500 the Western Canada Beach Sprint Regatta this June

Financial support for these events is coming through two funding programs – the Major Events Program and Hosting BC. The Province invests $500,000 annually in each program, for a combined $1 million for these events and opportunities.

Through the Major Events Program, non-for-profits are supported to host competitions and community development opportunities. Hosting BC is administered by viaSport, and supports organizations to put on smaller-scale events and opportunities for under-served and under-represented groups and regions.

Over 140 organizations in total are receiving support through these programs.

Learn More: https://news.gov.bc.ca/28352