Ottawa restores Hockey Canada funding
The Government of Canada has decided to restore funding to Hockey Canada, after the federation's reputation was tarnished by several scandals during the year 2022. < /p>
The announcement came Sunday in Brampton, Ont., just before the start of the gold medal game at the 2023 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Women's World Championship. Sports Minister Pascale St-Onge announced the news.
“I want to thank Minister St-Onge and the government for their vote of confidence and their continued efforts to make sport safety a priority in Canada, but I also want to remind you that we still have work to do. to change the culture of our sport,” Hockey Canada Chairman of the Board, Hugh L. Fraser, said in a statement.
Hugh L. Fraser described Sunday as “an important milestone” and an opportunity for the federation to regain the trust of Canadians.
We're ready to continue making hockey safer from coast to coast and north to south.
Hugh L Fraser, the chair of Hockey Canada's board of directors.
Before Ottawa made this decision, Hockey Canada had to meet three conditions, including that of “becoming a signatory in good standing of Abuse Free and the Office of the Sport Integrity Commissioner”. The federation is also committed to continuing to study and implement the recommendations resulting from the independent governance review.
Finally, Hockey Canada will have to report to the Government of Canada on a “more regular basis”.
Recall that the federal government suspended funding for Hockey Canada in June 2022, following allegations of gang rape within the Canadian Hockey Federation.