CBC Sports | ‘We’re going to get it done’: Canada’s sport minister says money for Paralympic medals is coming

Carla Qualtrough

By Devin Heroux

For years Canada’s Para athletes have been asking why they don’t receive money for medals at the Paralympics, while Canadian athletes who win medals at the Olympics receive financial rewards.

On Thursday, Canada’s sports minister said that is soon to change.

In an exclusive interview with CBC Sports on Thursday in Santiago, Chile, ahead of the 2023 Parapan Am Games, Carla Qualtrough said that an announcement is coming.

“We’re going to get it done. I can’t scoop anybody so you’re not going to get any further details from me but I assure you that before Paris there will be some really exciting news on that front, as there should be,” Qualtrough said.

"We all want to be on the same playing field and treated equally. I think overall the bigger thing is recognition. We get some funding but it's not a lot so getting that bonus and show of recognition is huge."

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