The Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism, and Culture Industries has released the 2019-2020 Quest for Gold Ontario Athlete Assistance Program.
The program is designed to support athletes performing at national and international levels and contributing to Canada’s overall performance at international competitions. Selections are completed by the Ontario Cycling Association through the High Performance Manager and High Performance Committee. There is no application process as all Ontario licensed athletes will be considered against the criteria.
Complete program and selection criteria can be found HERE.
Please be aware of the following key items and deadlines:
1) Athletes that are living outside of Ontario:
Athletes residing outside of Ontario for more than 30 consecutive days for athletic or education purposes must adhere to the requirements listed in section 3.2 and request a residency exception by March 20, 2020.
2) Canada Card Exception:
Athletes that received a Sport Canada Card in the previous year but are no longer carded for 2019-2020 may be eligible to receive QFG Carding. Exceptions are on a case by case basis as determined by the Ministry. To apply for a Canada Card Exception you must submit in writing an explanation of why you have not been re-carded by Cycling Canada as well as include an endorsement from Cycling Canada confirming that the athlete still have potential to return to national team programming/funding in the future. This must be submitted as per section 4.1 by March 20, 2020.
3) Injury/Illness Carding Application:
Athletes who were not able to compete in selection events due to injury/illness may apply for carding consideration based on the previous year’s (2018) results. Athletes are required to submit the requirements under section 8.0 by March 20, 2020 to be considered.