Canadian Prime Minster Justin Trudeau believes the CFL is important to many citizens in Canada.
CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie asked the Canadian government for up to $150 million because of COVID-19 ramifications on the league and it’s finances.
“We are continuing to engage with various sectors, industries and organizations who are facing disruptions because of COVID-19,” Trudeau said during his April 29 coronavirus address to the nation.
“The CFL has approached us about support, we know it’s important to them, we know it’s important to many Canadians and those discussions are ongoing.”
— CFL News (@CFL_News) April 29, 2020
Sportsnet reporter Arash Madani reports the CFL began the process of getting federal funding on April 2. From Madani’s report:
Beginning that Thursday until the last known contact between the CFL and the federal government on April 20, there was a series of seven separate communications on the league’s behalf, with three different federal government ministries.
Early in their conversations with the federal government, there was communication with Catherine McKenna, the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities.
Officially, the topics of discussion between the CFL and the different divisions of the federal government were about small business, economic development and sports.
Trudeau’s comments seem positive for the CFL’s benefit, but it’s uncertain what level of support his government will do to in order to help the league through the pandemic.