For all those interested in this year’s Quest for Gold program, we have not received any information regarding the program for this year.  The Ministry anticipates that within the next 2 weeks developments will be made to move this program forward. As soon as we receive the information we will post it on the web site.

Boxing Ontario thanks everyone for their patience.

What is Quest For Gold?

The Quest for Gold Ontario Athlete Assistance Program (OAAP) provides support to Ontario’s amateur high performance athletes.

Specific objectives of the Quest for Gold Program are:

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.


The Quest for Gold Program is funded from net revenues generated by the Quest for Gold lottery, created by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG)

Revenue from the Quest for Gold lottery game will be distributed through three funding streams within the Quest for Gold Program. They include:

1. Direct Financial Assistance to Athletes

Direct financial assistance is provided to eligible Ontario athletes to offset living, training and competition costs. Assistance is provided through two carding designations:

Canada Card – For Ontario athletes who are carded by Sport Canada. The Canada Card provides up to an additional 33% in direct financial assistance over and above what an athlete is receiving from Sport Canada – dependant on funding available.

Ontario Card – For Ontario junior age athletes aspiring to compete at the highest levels of national and international competition. These athletes are nominated for carding status by their Provincial Sport/ Multi-Sport Organizations.

Sport eligibility

Sixty-four Provincial Sport/ Multi-Sport Organizations (PSO/MSO), recognized by the Ministry of Health Promotion’s Sport Recognition Policy, are eligible to receive cards for distribution under the direct financial assistance funding stream. They must also meet minimum high performance program requirements and be participants in the regular program of one of the following three multi-sport Games:

The 2006 Olympic/Paralympic Winter Games, 2008 Olympic/Paralympic Summer Games, 2010 Olympic/Paralympic Winter Games;

2007 Canada Winter Games and the 2009 Canada Summer Games; or

Ontario Games (youth).

Athlete eligibility

To qualify for funding, athletes must meet the following criteria:

Be a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant;

Be based in Ontario and involved in a continuous training program in the province (exceptions considered);

Be a member in good standing with their PSO/MSO and NSO where applicable;

Be committed to a proper training and competitive program;

Have a coach that has been trained and certified in the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) or equivalent; and

Must not be under sanction as per the Canadian Anti-Doping Policy.

2. Enhanced Coaching Funding

The Enhanced Coaching funding stream provides Ontario athletes with increased access to better-qualified coaches. It provides more high performance coaching hours for provincial Canada Games level athletes and funds coach development initiatives.

3. Enhanced Training and Competitive Opportunities Funding

This funding stream provides money for enhanced training, services and competitive opportunities for junior age athletes. Funding is also used to enhance the Ontario Games Program and strengthen Team Ontario’s performance at the Canada Games by providing additional training opportunities and enhanced sport science services for athletes competing on provincial teams.


For more info on the Quest For Gold please contact Doug Hannum at 416.426.7221.