On May 8, 2020, the Canadian Government announced $500 million providing temporary relief to support cultural, heritage and sport organizations. Cross Country Ski Ontario recently received our allocation of the funding through the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism & Culture Industries. XCSO will be investing the funds in 3 key areas of our sport: Youth, Competition and High Performance.
Youth have been particularly hard hit by COVID-19 pandemic. Our clubs offering skill development programming provide an essential role in developing youth in our community. To assist clubs in the delivery of programming under new restrictions and challenges, XCSO will be subsidizing $10 of the $15.50 bunnyrabbit, jackrabbit, and track attack enrolment fee. Clubs will see the subsidy when ordering their SDP materials in our online store.
Competition has been curtailed due to travel restrictions. Along with supporting a return to competition in the 2021-2022 season, XCSO will be investing in ‘Stay at Home’ racing options for this season. More details next week.
Athletes representing Canada on the international stage will have additional costs associated with travel. XCSO will provide additional funding to assist athletes with those additional costs. This funding will be provided through our International Travel Support Guidelines.
Please direct any question to Liz Inkila.