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Ontario Sport Hosting Program 2019-20


Sport events are important occasions to celebrate athletic performance and build community spirit. Ontario has proven it is an attractive venue for hosting high-profile national and international sporting events, helping to create a culture that values sport and contributes to athlete development. Hosting international and national amateur sport events offers Ontario and its communities the opportunity to welcome visitors, showcase the province and its communities to a national and international audience and support the province’s sport, recreation and physical activity culture.

Hosting sport events also increases tourism, creates jobs, enhances public infrastructure and increases economic development. Supporting sport events will ensure Ontario remains an attractive destination for sport hosting, builds on the legacy of the Pan and Parapan American Games and provides opportunities for local communities to build their capacity to host future events.

The Sport Hosting Program will provide project-based funding to help applicants deliver international and national amateur sport events in Ontario.

The objectives of the Sport Hosting Program are the following:

  • Create a culture of sport that engages all Ontarians
  • Create legacies that support sport in Ontario at the provincial, regional and local level.
  • Foster a culture of sport and physical activity in communities by creating role models and enhancing community spirit and involvement in sport.
  • Increase opportunities for Ontario athletes to compete and participate in events in Ontario.
  • Seek new avenues to further build and develop the sport capacity of the province by providing additional ways to develop and train coaches, officials and volunteers.
  • Provide economic benefits through increased levels of tourism and expenditures, as well as improved public infrastructure.
  • Support local capacity building and increase affordable opportunities for Ontario athletes to compete at home to earn future national team opportunities


Please note that Intake II for the Sport Hosting Program is now closed.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible applicants must be legal entities, have been in existence for one year or longer in Ontario as of the application date and not in default of the terms and conditions of any grant or loan agreement with any ministry or agency of the Government of Ontario (e.g. Ontario Trillium Foundation) and be one of the following:

• An Ontario municipality that has been endorsed by:

• An Ontario-based non-profit organization (including Universities and Colleges) that has been endorsed by:

• A Provincial Sport Organization recognized under Ontario’s Provincial Sport Recognition Policy and endorsed by:

    o The relevant national sport organization funded by Sport Canada.

• A National Sport Organization funded by Sport Canada and endorsed by:

    o The relevant provincial sport organization.

• An Aboriginal organization, First Nation, Metis or Inuit community whose Application has been endorsed by:

Eligible Events

For the purposes of the Sport Hosting Program, the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport defines a Sport Event as follows:

• Events which are open to the public to attend as spectators.

For International events: Events that are sanctioned by the International Sport Federation, Commonwealth Games Federation, Panamerican Sports Association or recognized members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and/or the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).

• Events for athletes identified as part of the National Sport Organization's high-performance and long-term athlete development plans for national or junior national team athletes with representation from no less than two countries including Canada.

For National events: Events that are sanctioned by the National Sport Organization and include representation from no less than six provinces/territories including Ontario. A country may replace a province.

Program Guidelines


Aimee Maggiacomo
Program Consultant, Games Program
Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport
Telephone: 647-299-8584
Email: aimee.maggiacomo@ontario.ca

Last updated: September 30, 2019