Hosting BC grants: Contributing to communities

LANGLEY – The Hosting BC program, funded by the Province, has approved $5,000 in grants to support local sporting tournaments and championships, MLA Mary Polak announced today.

This grant money will go toward the 2016 Canadian Blind Hockey Western Regional Tournament, put on by the British Columbia Blind Sports and Recreation Association.

Sport organizations throughout British Columbia will share $124,500 in the latest round of program funding from Hosting BC. The entire list, made up of 23 sporting events taking place in 17 communities throughout the province, will provide grants ranging between $2,000 and $15,000.

These grants will help support the setup and operation of international, national, provincial and club championships, tournaments and tour stops for sports such as hockey, rugby, volleyball and karate.

Since 2004, the provincial government – through Hosting BC – has invested $5.5 million in community-based sporting events in 85 unique communities throughout the province.

Funding for these events is provided by the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development and administered by viaSport, the Government of British Columbia’s lead agency for the development and promotion of sport and physical activity in the province.

These investments in sport-hosting opportunities assist communities and organizations in their efforts to make this province the destination of choice for sport and cultural events.

“Through Hosting BC funding, our government has been proudly cultivating sportsmanship, love of the game, and excellence in sport within our province for twelve years. As MLA for Langley it is a pleasure to see that investment take shape in our ability to host events like the 2016 Canadian Blind Hockey Western Regional Tournament here in Langley.” – Mary Polak, MLA Langley