The host community for the Ontario 55+ Summer Games in 2018 has been chosen.

The Games are a multi-sport event promoting active living and showcasing the best participants 55 years of age and older from across the province. The Games also encourage volunteerism, contribute to local tourism and economic activity, and help communities build their experience and resources to host large-scale events. About 1,400 athletes and officials are expected to take part in the 2018 games which will be held in the City of Mississauga.

The Ontario Games program is part of Game ON — The Ontario Government’s Sport Plan to help more Ontarians participate and excel in sport. Game ON recognizes the many ways organized sport can be good for people and communities, from the health benefits of physical activity to the economic benefits of hosting major events.

Supporting athletes is part of the government’s economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, roads, bridges and transit in Ontario’s history and is investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.

The province also holds four other multi-sport games: the Ontario Summer and Winter Games, the Ontario ParaSport Games and the Ontario 55+ Winter Games. Host communities for the 2018 Ontario Summer and Winter Games will be announced on August 11.

Ontario has tripled its support for amateur sport from $8.78 million in 2003 to more than $27 million in 2015–16.

“Our government’s investment in sport is driven by a commitment to support communities and help them grow and prosper through events like the Ontario 55+ Summer Games. Multi-sport events of this nature can unite our communities through healthy, active living and provide new opportunities to our coached, volunteers, officials and athletes. Ontario is home to a vibrant community of 55+ athletes,” said Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport.