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Council delays decision on funding 2024 Para Biathlon World Championships and World Para Nordic Skiing World Cup Finals

Ukraine's Liudmyla Liashenko jumps for joy after winning the gold medal in the Women's Sprint Standing race at the 2019 World Para Nordic Championships Wednesday. Vilde Nilsen (right) of Norway won the silver and Oleksandra Kononova of the Ukraine the bronze. Bill Phillips photo
Ukraine’s Liudmyla Liashenko jumps for joy after winning the gold medal in the Women’s Sprint Standing race at the 2019 World Para Nordic Championships at the Otway Nordic Centre. File photo

Council has postponed a decision on whether to contribute $250,000 towards hosting the 2024 Para Biathlon World Championships and World Para Nordic Skiing World Cup Finals.

With the reserve normally used for these types of requests depleted to about $60,000, the city will look at other funds to possibly find the money. One of those sources of funds could be provincial Safe Restart Fund dollars. The city received $6.1 million and used about half of that to bring in a zero per cent tax hike this year.

The Caledonia Nordic Ski Club hosted the 2019 World Para Nordic Skiing Championships, with the City of Prince George providing financial support of $250,000 from the Major Events Reserve. This reserve is funded by gaming revenues provided by the Province of B.C.

Council has postponed a decision on the request until later in the year pending additional discussion between the club and city administration related to the event budget, sponsorship, and identification of other funding sources. 


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