CEDC Tourism Development Fund Provides $200,000 to The 2024 Ontario Winter Games

March 28, 2023 – The Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission (CEDC) and Tourism Thunder Bay are pleased to provide $200,000 in funding support to the 2024 Ontario Winder Games from the CEDC Tourism Development Fund.

“The Thunder Bay CEDC is very proud to support the 2024 Ontario Winter Games,” states Jamie Taylor, CEO, Thunder Bay CEDC “our new Strategic Action plan focuses on supporting year-round visitor experiences and the Winter Games is a great opportunity to showcase Thunder Bay’s capacity in hosting high caliber winter events. It has been almost 50 years since the last Winter Games were hosted in the City, and we are looking forward to welcoming over 3000 people to the community throughout the event”

The games are designed to be a platform for the development of young amateur athletes as it provides them with the chance to gain competition experience.

“The Thunder Bay CEDC has made an inspiring and meaningful contribution to the 2024 Ontario Winter Games.” states Tracie Smith, Co-Chair for the 2024 Ontario Winter Games, “This funding supports thousands of athletes to pursue their dreams, while our community realizes many significant benefits, including an estimated $6 million economic boost. I am extremely grateful.”    

Applicants of the Tourism Development Fund are encouraged to leverage partnerships and other financial resources in order to maximize the growth of Thunder Bay’s tourism economy, with the Ontario Winter Games being supported by the Government of Ontario.

“Sport tourism is a major economic driver in our community’s tourism industry and winter events” states Tourism Thunder Bay Manager, Paul Pepe “in particular helping transform our tourism industry into a true four season destination”.

The CEDC Tourism Development Fund provides financial support to projects and events with the capacity to attract more visitors to Thunder Bay, increase visitor spending, and generate room nights at local accommodations. The fund is supported by tax revenues collected quarterly on short-term stays at local hotels, motels, and other accommodation providers at the rate of 4%. The CEDC and Tourism Thunder Bay administer 50% of the total collected tax revenues in support of the continued growth of tourism focused events and products.

Visit www.visitthunderbay.com/tourismdevelopmentfund for more information about the program.

In photo: (left to right) Paul Pepe (Manager of Tourism Thunder Bay, CEDC), Jamie Taylor (CEO, CEDC), Tracie Smith (Co-Chair, 2024 Ontario Winter Games)

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