Emergency sport funding will benefit Island organizations

Island sports organizations affected by the pandemic will benefit from new federal funding through the COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations. 

“Sports and sport organizations are important to the livelihood of our communities and helping Islanders stay healthy, active and engaged. Like many other industries and sectors in PEI, sport organizations have been impacted by COVID-19 and they have been working hard to adapt their operations so they can safely welcome Islanders back now and into the future. With the financial assistance being provided, our sports community will be able to move forward with certainty, offering much-needed programming to Islanders during these unique times.”

- Health and Wellness Minister James Aylward

Under the COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations, Prince Edward Island is receiving $2.3 million through the Sport Participation Bilateral to provide temporary financial relief and support business continuity for Island sport organizations whose viability has been negatively impacted by COVID-19. Up to 45 provincial sport organizations (PSO), 10 multi-sport organizations (MSO), 215 member clubs and associations and 30 winter sports facilities are eligible to access relief funding. 

ʺSports play an integral role in the physical and mental well-being of Canadians throughout their lifetimes,” said the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage. “That’s why the federal government is proud to support the Prince Edward Island sport community during this difficult time.”

“Sports have always been a vitally important part of our communities right across the Island, and it’s certainly been a tough few months for sports organizations here on PEI,” said The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of Defence. “This funding will go a long way towards making sure they’re able to weather this pandemic, and ensure Islanders can stay active now and into the future.”

For further information on criteria and how to apply, please visit:  COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Sport Organizations.

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