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Ontario Sport Hosting Program 2020-21 *UPDATED*


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 sport events, helping to create a culture that values sport and contributes to athlete development. Hosting national and international 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 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 major sport events in Ontario.

The objectives of the Sport Hosting Program are to:

    • Create legacies that support sport in Ontario at the provincial, regional and local level.

    • Provide economic benefits through increased levels of tourism and expenditures, as well as improved public infrastructure.

    • 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.

    • Create a culture of sport that engages all Ontarians.


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

Eligibility Requirements


    • Must be legal entities;

    • Have been in existence for one year or longer 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);

    • Cannot self-endorse their own application for the Program; AND

    • Must be an eligible applicant under one of the three application streams for the Program.

1. Stream 1 – Provincial / National Sport Organizations

2. Stream 2 – Event Host Organizations

    o Non-profit organizations (including Universities and Colleges)

    o Ontario municipalities

    o Indigenous organizations, First Nation, Metis or Inuit communities

3. Stream 3 – Emerging Sports


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

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

    • Events for athletes identified as part of the high-performance and athlete competition pathway plans for the sport.

    • Where the event start date falls within two years of the application date, you must wait for the appropriate application intake date if the event is taking place more than two years away.

    For National events: Events that are sanctioned by the National Sport Organization (or the International Federations in Appendix 2 from the Guidelines).

a. Include representation from no less than six provinces/territories including Ontario. A country may replace a province.


b. Is the National Championship for a specific sport, in a specific age group as confirmed by the National Sport Organization (or the International Federations in Appendix 2 from the Guidelines). Ontario must be represented in these Championships.

    For International events:

a. Events that are sanctioned by the International Federation, as per the Global Association of International Sports Federations and/or Panamerican Sport Association;


b. Includes representation from no less than two countries, including Canada and one country from outside of North America. An exemption will be provided to events for Canadian National Teams as confirmed by the National Sport Organization funded by Sport Canada.


Sports are eligible for funding twice per calendar year, with a maximum of one international event per calendar year.

Program Guidelines


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

Last updated: January 10, 2020