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The 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games offer an unprecedented opportunity to celebrate Canadian excellence and showcase our country to the world.
The Government of Canada has made significant investments in the security operations that are necessary to maintain a safe environment at the Games and the sports facilities that will be used for generations to come.
Targeted investments have also been made to maintain a legacy after the Games and to ensure that Canadian success stories in sports, arts, culture, business, and tourism are shared with a global audience.
As a proud and committed partner of the Games, the Government of Canada has made infrastructure investments, with the Province of British Columbia, in sports facilities and event venues. For the first time in the history of the Olympic Winter Games, all venues were completed well in advance of the Opening Ceremony, which enabled Canadian athletes to train at home, on the competition sites. These sport facilities will also be used by recreational and elite athletes alike for generations to come. ($290 million)
To ensure that Canadians will continue to be able to use and enjoy the facilities and benefit from sport programming well beyond the Games, the Government of Canada has established a Legacy Endowment Fund. It will provide operational funding for specific 2010 Winter Games sport venues and fund sport programming. ($55 million)
2010 Paralympic Winter Games Involvement
To bring unprecedented high-profile exposure to the Paralympic Winter Games, the Government of Canada has made investments to help offset the operating costs of this event. ($32 million)
Strategic Opportunities to Leverage the Games Experience
To bring the 2010 Winter Games to all Canadians and showcase our unique culture to the world, the Government of Canada is investing in a variety of programs such as:
Supporting the Celebration Sites Program, a series of Olympic and Paralympic viewing venues located in Vancouver and Whistler which will allow residents and visitors to share in the excitement of the Games experience. ($20.25 million)
The Opening Ceremony is expected to attract a worldwide television audience of over 100 million people. The Government of Canada has invested in this opportunity to showcase Canada’s excellence and shine a spotlight on our culture, history, and heritage. ($20 million)
The 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Torch Relays brought the spirit of the Games to communities across Canada. Our investments made the relay a symbol of national pride from coast to coast to coast. The Olympic Flame passed through more than 1 000 communities and places of interest, representing 90 percent of the population. The Paralympic Torch Relay will be a 10-day journey and will involve 600 torchbearers. The relay will start on March 3, 2010 in Ottawa, and will visit Québec City, Toronto, Victoria and Esquimalt, Squamish, Whistler, Lytton and Hope, Maple Ridge, and Vancouver. ($24.5 million)
To attract visitors to Canada for both this unique opportunity and the years to come, we have made investments in the Canadian Tourism Commission’s plan to leverage the 2010 Winter Games to promote travel to Canada. ($26 million)
As a focal point at the 2010 Winter Games, the Government of Canada is proud to host Canadians and international guests and visitors at the Canada Pavilion, where we will showcase Canadian excellence in sport—past, present, and future. ($10 million)
The Government of Canada is a strong supporter of our country’s two official languages. We have made investments in translation, signage, and cultural events at the 2010 Winter Games in order to ensure that visitors from across Canada and around the world feel welcomed in both official languages. ($7.7 million)
First Nations Support
There is unprecedented Aboriginal participation in Canada’s Games. The Government of Canada is supporting this through the First Nations 2010 Olympic Legacy Agreements and support of the Four Host First Nations Society. These investments will help ensure that Aboriginal people share in the economic, social, and cultural benefits of hosting the 2010 Winter Games. ($36 million)
To help showcase Canadian culture, the Government of Canada has invested in the Cultural Olympiad which features Canadian artists, performers, singers, and songwriters. The Government also invested in Canada CODE, an initiative of the Cultural Olympiad Digital Edition, which will allow Canadians across the country to be a part of the Games. ($2.65 million)
Operational and Essential Federal Service Delivery
To ensure the Games are well run, well managed, and a safe and fun event for all, the Government of Canada is providing essential federal services, including approximately $647.5 million for security-related services (after the Province of British Columbia’s contribution) and $75.1 million in non-security related services, such as meteorology, sustainability, and federal coordination services.
In addition to the $1.25 billion allocated for specific one-time projects related to hosting the Games, the Government of Canada has made other investments in programming related to ongoing activities taking place during the Games. These include regional economic development programming and are allocations from existing budgets. All spending is in accordance with Treasury Board Secretariat guidelines.