Quest for Gold
Quest for Gold is the Ontario Athlete Assistance Program (OAAP). It is funded by the Government of Ontario, through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport (MTCS), and operated through the Sport, Recreation & Community Programs Division. Quest for Gold is directly related to the High Performance Sport goal of the Canadian Sport Policy Which is that Canadians are systematically achieving world-class results at the highest levels of international competition. Quest for Gold does this by improving the performance and number of Ontario athletes performing at the national and international level, thereby contributing to the improved performance of Canada at international competitions. The program provides direct financial assistance to Ontario athletes through an “Ontario Card” designation.
The intent of the Quest for Gold is to provide funding to individual athletes based on their demonstrated commitment to high performance sport, allowing them to continue to pursue athletic excellence at the highest levels of national and international competition. OBSA is responsible for the distribution of Quest for gold carding in Goalball, Judo, Athletics and Powerlifting. Athletes who receive cards must meet and follow sport specific criteria which are laid out in the Quest for Gold section of the Website. Many OBSA athletes who receive Quest for Gold funding go on to represent Canada in international competition and at the Paralympics.