de Jong announces funding for the Abbotsford International Airshow Society

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B.C. Government Caucus
News Release
July 27, 2015

de Jong announces funding for the Abbotsford International Airshow Society

ABBOTSFORD – The Abbotsford International Airshow Society is receiving $60,000 in support thanks to Community Gaming Grants announced Abbotsford West MLA Michael de Jong.

“The Abbotsford International Airshow Society is extremely pleased to receive this grant which helps us to continue to produce Canada’s National Airshow and one of the world’s Top Ten Airshows, said Abbotsford International Airshow president Jim Reith. “This funding is a critical piece of our budget process enabling us to bring in the best aerial performers in the world. We truly appreciate the partnership with the Government of British Columbia and the Community Gaming Grant program which allows us to continue to offer a world class event.”

In 2013 USA Today rated the Abbotsford International Airshow as one of the top ten airshows in the world.

This year’s program titled Aces Warriors & Wingmen includes a commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain when a handful of Allied fighter pilots in Spitfires and Hurricanes won the first battle ever fought entirely in the air. Three jet formation teams will appear along with three jet fighter demonstrations from the USAF, USN and the RCAF.

These grants have been awarded under the Arts and Culture category of the Community Gaming Grant Program, which allows non-profit organizations to apply for provincial gaming revenues from the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development. Gaming Grants are also awarded in the categories of Sport, Public Safety, Environment and Human and Social Services.

In the 2012/13 fiscal year, our government distributed a total of $135 million in gaming grants for eligible community programs and services.

Organizations interested in applying for Community Gaming Grants can find full application information at


Doug Secord
Communications Officer
BC Government Caucus Communications
Telephone: (250) 356-5352
Fax: (250) 387-7957

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