NDP MLAs Dykeman and Mercier say grants will support sports events and tourism in Langley

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LANGLEY – New Democrat MLAs Megan Dykeman and Andrew Mercier say 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. 

“Investing in community sports organizations is not only about promoting physical activity but also about bringing people together” said Megan Dykeman, MLA for Langley- East. “These grants will provide more opportunities for people in the sports community in Langley and beyond to connect.”

In Langley, the following events are receiving funding: 

  • 2023 Harry Jerome Track Classic, $7,500
  • 2023-08-18 Canoe Kayak Fort Invitational, $2,000
  • 2022 Ringette Michelle Vandale Spirit of Winter Memorial Tournament (Occured in December), $2,000
  • 2023 Canadian National Track & Field Championships, $12,000
  • 2023 BC Soccer Provincial Championship, $4,500

“Sports can foster a sense of pride and community, no matter what age you are,” said Andrew Mercier, MLA for Langley. “By investing in our local sporting events, we get to showcase the talent of Langley’s athletes and giving our community a chance to come together over their achievements .”

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/releases/2023TACS0007-000302