The Ontario government is committing $3 million to support the Valour Games, a new, national multi-sport competition for wounded, ill and injured military personnel and veterans.
This funding will build on the success of the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto by continuing to showcase the athletic skills and abilities of Canada’s wounded veterans.
“We owe our veterans and active service members a debt of gratitude for their service to our country,” Premier Doug Ford said. “The Valour Games will provide another important opportunity for Ontarians to recognize the skills and excellence of our men and women in uniform and unite our province and country at a time when it’s needed most.”
Ottawa will host the inaugural Valour Games in 2022, welcoming more than 500 competitors and family and friends from across Canada to compete in adaptive team and individual sports over the course of one week. These could include archery, indoor rowing, powerlifting, sitting volleyball, swimming, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair tennis and wheelchair rugby. Following the Ottawa event, the Valour Games will be hosted in a different Canadian city every two years.
“We are thankful to Premier Ford and Minister MacLeod for their support of the inaugural Canada’s Valour Games in 2022,” said Major-General (Ret’d) Lew Mackenzie, Member of the Board for Canada’s Valour Games. “Today’s announcement moves us closer to the realization of our mission to bring adaptive sport to thousands of our ill, injured and wounded servicemembers and veterans. Not only will the Games be a significant part of their rehabilitation, but they will provide an opportunity to recognize the sacrifices made by Canada’s military families and will remind us all how fortunate we are to be the beneficiaries of their service.”