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NDP MLA Sheila Malcolmson says grants will support sports events and tourism in Nanaimo

March 13, 2023 at 1:32 pm  Politics, Provincial

NANAIMO – New Democrat MLA Sheila Malcolmson says 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 sports and events is investing in Nanaimo’s future,” said Sheila Malcolmson, MLA for Nanaimo. “Funding events like swimming and volleyball is about healthy exercise and healthy community connections.”

In Nanaimo, the following events are receiving funding:

  • $2,500 for the BC Artistic Swimming National Stream Provincial Championship which occurred in February
  • $5,000 for the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association Volleyball Championships which occurred in March
  • $2,250 for the BC Artistic Swimming Jean Peters Provincial Championship and Invitational this May
  • $4500 for the BC Athletics Provincial Track and Field Championship Jamboree this July

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/28352

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