The host organizing committee for the 2009 IIHF World Junior Championship in Ottawa commissioned Canadian
Sport Tourism Association (CSTA) to conduct an economic impact assessment of the event.
The results reflected that the 2009 world junior championship was the largest single sport event ever held in
Ontario, attracting thousands of fans, media and participants to the region. Highlights from the CSTA report
- The total economic activity generated for the province of Ontario was an estimated $80.5 million, total GDP
was $32.6 million in the province of Ontario, with $18.4 million occurring in the city of Ottawa.
- Considerable tax revenue was also produced by the event, totaling $15.4 million as follows: federal
government, $7.2 million; Province of Ontario, $5.2 million; Ontario municipalities, $3.0 million, including
$2.1 million in Ottawa.
- This economic impact was driven by the number of visitors attracted to Ottawa as participants, media, VIPs
and game attendees. The host organizing committee estimates that more than 10,000 hotel room nights were used
by event attendees and participants.
- The detailed report can be accessed at http://www.canadiansporttourism.com.
The championship’s legacy
The 2009 IIHF World Junior Championship provided one month of world-class junior hockey in many parts of
Ontario, culminating in the 11-day event in Ottawa. Fans in Hockey Country not only supported the event in
record numbers at the games, with 453,274 tickets issued for the 31 games, but more than 1,500 volunteers
made this the best event ever for Hockey Canada.
The success of the 2009 IIHF World Junior Championship, through the efforts of a strong host organizing
committee and volunteer force, has delivered on its promise to provide a lasting legacy from the event as
- The mobilization and experience gained by the 1,500 volunteers will provide a significant resource for
bidding and hosting future major international events in Ottawa.
- Under the host agreement with Hockey Canada, $697,000 from event proceeds will be reinvested in the host
branch, the ODHA. The investment provides $200,000 directly to the ODHA, which it will to fund ODHA programs
- The 2009 IIHF World Junior Championship Legacy Fund will administer the remaining $497,000, which will be
made available to ODHA member associations, teams and leagues (including male and female members) through an
For more information regarding the 2009 IIHF World Junior Championship Legacy Fund or to download an
application form, please visit www.odha.com.