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March 7, 2014 – Edmonton, Alberta – Department of Finance

Minister of State (Finance) Kevin Sorenson today took part in a training exercise at a sports facility in Edmonton to highlight the Economic Action Plan 2014 investment of $10.8 million over four years to support the efforts of Special Olympics Canada. This new funding is in addition to ongoing federal funding of $1 million per year to the organization through the Government of Canada’s Sport Support Program.

Quick Facts

  • Special Olympics Canada is a national, volunteer-driven organization that provides sport training and competition opportunities for approximately 36,000 athletes of all ages with an intellectual disability.
  • Special Olympics athletes represent our country at the Special Olympics World Games and are great role models, particularly for children and youth.
  • Only approximately 5 per cent of Canadians with an intellectual disability are registered with Special Olympics—a number which Special Olympics Canada is committed to significantly increasing.

Quotes

"Sports contribute fundamentally to the development of life skills for our children and youth, and promote healthy, active lifestyles and strong communities. For athletes with an intellectual disability, the impact is even more far-reaching. I am very proud to be able to say that, with Economic Action Plan 2014, our Government is providing significant financial support for Special Olympics Canada in its efforts to provide sport training and competition opportunities for Canadian athletes with an intellectual disability."

- Kevin Sorenson, Minister of State (Finance)

"Special Olympics Canada is thrilled with the federal government's commitment to provide this funding on an ongoing basis. This additional funding allows Special Olympics Canada and the twelve provincial/territorial Chapters to deliver sport programs to even more Canadians with an intellectual disability. The support of our federal government is integral to the ability and success of Special Olympics to positively impact the lives of Canadians with an intellectual disability through sport. We thank them for their support on behalf of our athletes and their families, our volunteers, and our coaches."

- Sharon Bollenbach, Chief Executive Officer, Special Olympics Canada

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Meagan Murdoch
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Office of the Minister of State (Finance)
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Department of Finance
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