PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games

Quest for Gold Funding

The Quest for Gold program supports Ontario athletes striving to reach the international level of competition. The province’s total investment in the program since 2006 totals more than $122 million.

Direct Financial Assistance to Athletes

Direct financial assistance is provided to eligible Ontario athletes to offset living, training, and competition costs. Assistance is provided to Ontario athletes competing at the national level who are selected by Sport Canada. This funding has traditionally provided up to an additional 35 per cent in direct financial assistance over and above what an athlete is receiving from Sport Canada. For 2020-21, $6.36 million will support approximately 550 of these top athletes. This amount represents a one-time increase of up to 75 per cent of their Sport Canada funding.

Quest for Gold funding benefited 83 per cent of Olympic and 95 per cent of Paralympic athletes from Ontario who participated in the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. Quest for Gold will also provide support to many Ontario athletes who are training to represent Canada on the world stage, including the upcoming 2021 Tokyo Summer Olympics.

In fiscal 2019-20, 1,438 Ontario amateur athletes received $6.36 million in direct funding from Quest for Gold.