Ontario is committing up to $10 million over two years in support of the Invictus Games, which will be held in Toronto from September 26 to 30, 2017, Premier Kathleen Wynne announced in Toronto on Monday.
She was accompanied by His Royal Highness, Prince Henry of Wales (Prince Harry), who founded the Invictus Games in 2014. The inaugural Invictus Games took place in London, England, in September 2014. Orlando, Florida will host the 2016 Games from May 8 to 12. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Lt.Governor of Ontario Elizabeth Dowdeswell also attended the announcement meeting.
The Games are an international adaptive sporting event for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women, both serving and veteran. They harness the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for all of those who serve their country.
The 2017 Invictus Games will build on the legacy of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games. Ontario’s preparations for last year’s highly successful Games included an infrastructure investment in 10 new internationally certified sports venues and upgrades of 15 existing venues.
Wynne said: “The Invictus Games are an opportunity to honour our servicemen and women and to provide tangible help to wounded soldiers on their journey to recovery. I am thrilled that we are using the expertise and passion developed in planning and hosting the TORONTO 2015 Pan and Parapan Am Games to once again serve as an international platform for the transformative power of sport.”
The Games will also take place in Ontario’s sesquicentennial year, during which we will celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation. The province’s support for the Invictus Games is part of our efforts to celebrate this important milestone in our history. More details about Ontario’s celebrations will be announced this summer.
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