Supporting Canadian Athletes

AAP Increase

March 22nd 2017

AthletesCAN celebrates the federal government’s decision to increase athlete funding by 18%

Canadian athletes are celebrating today as the federal government announced an increase to the Athlete Assistance Program, known as “carding” or AAP. The last increase to carding was in 2004.

“Many thanks to the federal government for its strong support of Canada’s national team athletes” said Josh Vander Vies, president of AthletesCAN and 2012 Paralympic medalist.

“AthletesCAN has been highlighting the need for an increase to AAP in the media, among sport leaders and on Parliament Hill for many years. We believe direct funding to athletes is one the most effective ways to achieve Canada’s sport goals.”

The increase comes at a critical time for Canada’s national team athletes. During the 13 years since the last increase, the cost of living has grown by more than 24 per cent while the maximum carding level has remained stagnant at $1500 per month.

“The carding increase is another indication that the government is committed to giving Canada’s athletes the tools they need to perform and, critically, to live.” Tom Hall, interim executive director of AthletesCAN and 2008 Olympic medalist, says. “Carding goes beyond medal count. It allows athletes to focus on school and training, which not only helps their performances but also helps them become leaders.”

AthletesCAN was proud to work on raising awareness about the need for an increase with the Athletes’ Commissions from the Canadian Paralympic Committee and the Canadian Olympic Committee, as well as Sport Matters Group, a coalition of more than 80 sport, physical activity and recreation groups.

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