AQVA’s funding comes from both the public and private sector. This funding is essential in order for us to be able to maintain the small $ 15 fee charged for a sailing session. Our actual costs per session amount to more than $100. In addition to staff salaries our operating expenses include docking & storage fees, liability and equipment insurance, boat maintenance & repair costs, professional fees, etc.
Our most important source of government funding comes from the federal’s Canada Summer Jobs program. Another portion of the salaries of the Montreal chapter is co-funded by a program of the provincial government and the City of Montreal administered by Altergo.
AQVA-Montreal also receives an annual contribution from the City of Pointe-Claire and from the City of Montreal as part of the PANAM program. In the past we have received funds from the Canadian Paralympic Committee for the purchase of a new boat and the production of two promotional videos. In 2015 we received a grant from the federal Enabling Accessibility Fund for a portion of the construction costs of a new adapted bathroom.
Foundations and Community Agencies
AQVA-Montreal has been fortunate to benefit from donations from a number of organizations. One of our most precious partnerships is with West Island Community Shares whose annual donation provides essential support for our program.
We are delighted to have received a very generous donation from the Fondation Martin-Matte. The funds will be used towards the new bathroom, a new access ramp to the dock as well as two new lifts for transferring sailors in and out of the boats.
Over the years we have received numerous donations from foundations and community groups such as the Foundation of Greater Montreal, Zeller Family Foundation, Rick Hansen Wheels in Motion, Alice and Euphemia Stewart Foundation, Fondation Bon départ de Canadian Tire du Québec, Fondation Mathieu Lafond, Fondation Charles Cusson, Pointe-Claire Old Timers, Kaufman Foundation and others.
AQVA could not be a success without the support of corporate sponsors such as Royal Bank of Canada, Air Canada, Fairmont, Jay Peak, Pfizer Canada, Novartis, Colas Canada Bombardier Aéronautique, Les tournesols (Tupperware) and others.
We have two major fundraising activities:
• Our annual Raffle. Click here for more information
• The Sperry Challenge which is organized by members of the Royal St. Lawrence Yacht Club in collaboration with members of other yacht clubs. Click here for more information.
Our Sponsor a Sail campaign is a great way for individuals to contribute to AQVA’s activities.
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