The Hockey Canada Foundation has launched its new $1 million Assist Fund to help qualified Canadians who are registered with Hockey Canada-sanctioned associations for the 2020-21 season. The fund will help Canadian youth return to hockey during and after COVID-19, and provides up to $500 per player in registration fee subsidies for approved applicants.
"As a prominent national sports organization in the country, it's Hockey Canada's mission to lead, develop and promote positive hockey experiences," said Tom Renney, chief executive officer of Hockey Canada. "It's a goal that's more important than ever, as COVID-19 has had a challenging impact on so many young people from coast-to-coast-to-coast."
The Assist Fund was born from the ongoing commitment of the many partners of Hockey Canada and the Hockey Canada Foundation, including Bauer, BDO, Berkshire Hathaway, BFL CANADA, Canadian Tire, Chevrolet, CN, Hankook, Nike, OK Tire, Premium Brands, Scotiabank, TELUS, TIMBER MART, Tim Hortons, TSN and RDS.
"With job losses and reduced incomes affecting so many, young Canadians need our help more than ever to get back into hockey," said Donna Iampieri, executive director of the Hockey Canada Foundation. "Our Assist Fund and the support of our amazing athletes and sponsors represents our combined ongoing commitment to providing access to the game."
To further support the initiative, Canadians can also donate to the Assist Fund, with 100% of all donated funds reaching young Canadians. For more information about the Hockey Canada Assist Fund, or to apply or donate, visit HockeyCanada.ca/AssistFund.