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Helping Canadian Deaf and Hard of Hearing Athletes Reach the Podium

LAVAL, QC: The Government of Canada believes it is important to support all Canadian athletes to allow them to continually strive for the podium.

Today, the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minster of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism, accompanied by Angelo Iacono, Member of Parliament (Alfred-Pellan), announced a contribution of USD762,800 to the Canadian Deaf Sports Association (CDSA) through the Sport Support Program. Minister Rodriguez, along with MP Iacono, made this announcement on behalf of the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport.

This support is being provided over a two-year period, with half the funds distributed in 2018-2019, and the remainder in 2019-2020.

The CDSA is a pan-Canadian non-profit organization that aims to support the development of the practice of sport within the deaf community and among deaf youth, in order to ensure quality Canadian representation at international competitions. The organization offers opportunities for young Canadians to enjoy a competitive experience, travel and meet other athletes who share the same goals.


Our government is proud to invest in the Canadian Deaf Sports Association, as it gives Canadian deaf and hard of hearing athletes an opportunity to participate in international sport events. Offering young athletes the chance to perform, no matter their physical ability, is essential to the development of Canada's future. We are proud to promote inclusive sport and help ensure that everyone can grow to their full potential.

-The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism

I am committed to ensuring that everyone, regardless of their age, race, gender, sexual orientation or ability, has the opportunity to participate in sport and experience all it has to offer. By supporting the Canadian Deaf Sports Association, our government is encouraging Canadian deaf and hard of hearing athletes to pursue their sporting dreams. I am confident that the work being done by the CDSA will make sport more accessible and welcoming for everyone.

-The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport

Offering more opportunities to practise sport proves to the whole country that sport should have no limits and that everyone can participate. These athletes demonstrate great perseverance and deserve Canada's support and admiration.

-Angelo Iacono, Member of Parliament (Alfred-Pellan)

Quick Facts

The CDSA is a non-profit organization dedicated to the development of deaf and hard of hearing athletes. Through direct financial support, the CDSA helps athletes take part in international sport events sanctioned by the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf and the Pan American Sports Committee for the Deaf.

Sport Canada has supported the CDSA since 1993 by providing over USD5 million in funding for its activities.

The Sport Support Program supports the development of Canadian athletes and coaches. Funding is provided to eligible organizations for programming that is aligned with the goals of the Canadian Sport Policy.

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