Quest for Gold Eligibility
An athlete must be a resident of Ontario for one year prior to his/her nomination for carding status and be a member of their Provincial/Multi Sport Organization (PSO/MSO) and/or their National Sport Organization (NSO). The one-year Ontario residency requirement is waived for any Ontario Card or Canada Card applicant who is a spouse or dependant of a: Regular Force member of the Canadian Forces; or Reservist currently deployed by the Canadian Forces into active service.
How are athletes selected or nominated for carding status?
There are two types of cards: Canada Card and Ontario Card.
- Canada Card: The Ministry works with Sport Canada to identify athletes to be nominated for Canada Card status. Only those Ontario athletes currently receiving a Sport Canada card are eligible for this additional funding.
- Ontario Card: Ontario Card athletes are selected and nominated by their Provincial/Multi Sport Organization (PSO/MSO) using a combination of minimum criteria provided by the Miinistry and sport-specific selection criteria developed by the PSO/MSO. Specific selection criteria can be obtained from each PSO/MSO. The Ministry will only accept nominations for funding directly from eligible PSO/MSOs.