Quest for Gold

Quest for Gold (Q4G) is the Ontario Athlete Assistance Program (OAAP) that provides financial support for Ontario’s amateur high performance athletes. It is funded by the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport (MTCS) and is operated through the Sport, Recreation & Community Programs division.

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Quest for Gold has specific objectives:

  • To help athletes continue their pursuit of athletic excellence at the highest levels of national and international competition;
  • To encourage athletes to stay in Ontario to live and train;
  • To compensate athletes for earnings lost while training during their summer school break;
  • To enable athletes to successfully pursue excellence in sport while fulfilling their educational goals;
  • To increase athletes’ access to high performance coaching; and
  • To enhance training and competitive opportunities available to athletes.

Quest for Gold is directly related to the High-Performance Sport goal listed in the Canadian Sport Policy issued by the federal government which identifies that Canadians are systematically achieving world-class results at the highest levels of international competition. Quest for Gold caters to this idea by improving the performance and number of Ontario athletes performing at the national and international level, thereby contributing to the improved performance of our country in international competition. The program provides direct financial assistance to Ontario athletes through an “Ontario Card” designation.

The intent of the Quest for Gold program is to provide funding to individual athletes based on their demonstrated commitment to sport, allowing them to pursue athletic excellence at the highest levels of national and international competition. Many OBSA athletes who receive Quest for Gold funding go on to represent Canada in international competition, including the Paralympics. You can support our athletes by buying Quest for Gold lottery tickets at your local OLG Outlet.

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