The amateur sports community has been hit as hard as any other during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the province is allocating $5 million to help sports organizations struggling at this time.
"Starting in April 2020, the Province, through viaSport, will provide provincial, disability and multi-sport organizations with the ability to access $5 million, which represents 50% of their annual 2020-21 provincial funding allocation, to provide these organizations with access to cashflow sooner," said Lisa Beare, B.C.'s Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, in a statement.
Beare recognized how swiftly those in the sports community responded to health and safety precautions in suspending seasons and operations, but said she understands "this has had a significant impact on the province's athletes, coaches, officials, sport organization staff and volunteers."
Beare said more information will become available in the coming days on how clubs can access this funding, and on what other measures the government will provide to help the sports community during this time. For more information, go here.
"These measures are what we can do right away within the existing sport sector budget to help organizations during the pandemic," Beare said regarding the $5 million.
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