Alaina Lockhart

Your member of parliament for

Fundy Royal

Alaina Lockhart

Your member of parliament for

Fundy Royal


National Skating Championships Kick Off in Saint John

Event will help fuel tourism in the region and create economic opportunities

January 14, 2019 – Saint John (NB) – Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Investing in tourism projects in both big cities and small communities throughout Atlantic Canada is essential to growing this important economic sector for Canadians. By investing in our tourism sector, we attract new visitors, grow businesses and create new ones, generating economic growth and good middle-class jobs.

From January 13 – 20, 2019, Saint John and Quispamsis will host the 2019 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships, to be held at Harbour Station, with the skaters practicing at the Quispamsis QPlex. This national event is expected to draw thousands of tourists to the city, and generate more than $2.5 million in economic spinoff benefits.

The Government of Canada, through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), is supporting Discover Saint John as it works to promote this event, maximize economic opportunities, and offer an enhanced visitor experience.  ACOA is investing $25,000 towards costs for marketing activities related to hosting the championships.

This investment builds on commitments made by the Government of Canada and the four Atlantic Provinces to drive economic growth in the region through the Atlantic Growth Strategy by helping the region’s tourism industry attract more visitors and create new jobs. This bold new approach is in line with Canada’s Tourism Vision, which seeks to make Canada a top-ten global tourism destination by 2025.


“Seizing opportunities to promote tourism throughout the region is critical to the success of our Atlantic Growth Strategy. By supporting local agencies as they work to maximize value, our government is helping to put Atlantic Canadian destinations on the map, making our communities destinations of choice. This will contribute greatly to regional economies for many years to come.”The Honourable Navdeep BainsMinister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for ACOA

“We are pleased to see our government’s support for Discover Saint John as they work to promote Skate Canada’s championship in our region. Hosting such a prestigious national event will bring a number of visitors, skaters, parents, coaches and media who will travel to our area to participate and watch the competitions. This investment will support marketing activities to help ensure visitors enjoy the best experience possible, and over the long-term, attract a growing number of tourists to Saint John and the region as a whole. Our government is committed to capitalizing on opportunities that fuel regional economic growth by helping grow the tourism industry."PS Alaina Lockhart / MP Wayne LongParliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie and Member of Parliament for Fundy Royal / Member of Parliament for Saint John-Rothesay

“National sporting events like the 2019 Canadian Tire Skating Championships provide an excellent opportunity to showcase our destination to potential visitors from across the country. Event participants and spectators will enjoy our warm Maritime hospitality, amazing venues and the walkability of our historic city on the world-famous Bay of Fundy."Victoria ClarkeExecutive Director, Discover Saint John


Quick Facts

  •  The championships will feature approximately 250 of the nation’s best skaters in the men, women, pairs, and ice dance disciplines, competing on three levels: senior, junior, and novice.
  • Athletes at this event will vie for spots on the Skate Canada National Team and the Canadian teams at the 2019 ISU World Figure Skating Championships, 2019 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships, and 2019 ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships.
  • This will be Saint John’s first time hosting this event. The city has previously hosted Skate Canada International three times (2013, 1999, 1995).
  • ACOA is making a non-repayable contribution of $25,000 to the event through its Business Development Program.


Jennifer Houle
Senior Communications Officer

Victoria Clarke
Executive Director
Discover Saint John