Ontario investing $109,000.00 for Major Sporting Events in Windsor/Essex

Provincial investment will boost the Windsor/Essex economy and support Ontario’s athletes

 NEWS December 5th, 2023

Windsor – Windsor-Tecumseh MPP, Andrew Dowie announced today that the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport is providing $100,000.00 to Diving Plongeon Canada to host the 2024 Olympic Diving Trials and Summer National Championships at the Windsor International Aquatics Centre, May 17th – 19th, 2024 and $9,000.00 to Athletics Ontario to host the 2024 Johnny Loaring Track and Field Classic at Alumni Stadium at the University of Windsor on June 2nd, 2024.

The funding for both events is being provided through the Ontario Sport Hosting Program and is part of the nearly $1.2 million that the ministry is providing to support 20 national and international amateur sport events that will be hosted in communities across the province. 

“It is exciting to be hosting such prestigious national and provincial sporting events here in Windsor and to have the opportunity to showcase our world-class athletic facilities to the province and the country.” said Windsor-Tecumseh MPP Andrew Dowie.  “I’d like to thank Minister Lumsden and the Ontario Sports Hosting Program for helping to bring events of this level to Windsor/Essex.”

Ontario’s Sport Hosting Program is designed to help attract national and international amateur sport events to the province by funding a variety of winter and summer sport competitions. It enables communities to host these national and international sport events by encouraging investment in local sport infrastructure, increasing tourism and economic activity.

The Ontario Sport Hosting Program provides funding support to hosts of national and international amateur sport events. Successful applicants could use this funding to help with operational costs, including venue, staffing, participant expenses (such as accommodations and meals) and legacy projects.

“This investment reaffirms Ontario’s reputation as a top destination for amateur sport events – the total number of applications that were received for the 2023-24 program year is the highest to date,” said Neil Lumsden, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. “I am proud that our government is helping Ontario athletes to gain the elite competition experience that they require to excel on the world stage while remaining close to home.”

More than 5300 athletes from across Canada and around the world will visit Ontario to compete in these events, which are expected to generate over $12 million in economic activity for local communities. 


  • The Ontario Sport Hosting Program is an annual application-based grant program that provides funding to national and international amateur sport events.
  • has supported over 138 events that have been hosted in the province and generated more than $112 million in economic activity for local communities.


Ontario Sport Hosting Program




Paul Synnott, Executive Assistant, Andrew Dowie, MPP, Windsor-Tecumseh
Ph: 519-251-5199 Cell: 226-724-6978. Email: paul.synnott@pc.ola.org