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February 15, 2022 (Vancouver, BC) – Rugby Canada is excited to announce eight successful applicants that will receive support through the HSBC Bank Community Rugby Fund in its inaugural year of operation.

Over 100 applications were received for this past year’s HSBC Bank Community Rugby Fund, a program that offers a wide breadth of grants aimed at benefitting the sustainability and growth of rugby across Canada. The Fund, presented in partnership by Rugby Canada and HSBC Bank Canada, allows all registered rugby clubs, as well as schools and community organizations in Canada, to submit an application for funding.

Eight successful applications were selected to receive funding, from a total of seven provinces and one territory, with each successful application offering an exciting approach and desire to grow and develop the sport of rugby across Canada. 

Special consideration was given to projects that:

• Focused on increasing female representation within a club, school, or community organization;

• Enhance or support participants that are Black, Indigenous, or People of Colour to become involved with or stay involved with rugby;

• Introduce New Programs within a rugby community that did not previously exist.

“It has been fantastic to see the engagement and passion from the Canadian rugby community to grow our sport through this initial application process,” said Interim Chief Executive Officer, Jamie Levchuk. “We are elated to be able to support the HSBC Bank Community Rugby Fund and this year’s successful applicants as they undertake each initiative to help develop the sport of rugby in their respective communities.”

2021 HSBC Bank Community Rugby Fund Recipient List

Comox Valley Rapids Rugby Association

Province/Territory: British Columbia

Focus Area: Youth Indigenous Programming

Town of Montreal Rugby Football Club

Province/Territory: Quebec

Focus Area: Women and Girls Rugby

Moose Jaw Rugby Club

Province/Territory: Saskatchewan

Focus Area: New Programming

Baymen Rugby Club

Province/Territory: Newfoundland & Labrador

Focus Area: New Programming for girls

Rainbow Griffins Rugby Football Club

Province/Territory: Ontario

Focus Area: New Inclusive Programming

St. Albert Rugby Football Club

Province/Territory: Alberta

Focus Area: Programming for Women & Girls

Axemen Rugby Club

Province/Territory: British Columbia

Focus Area: Indigenous programming

John Arnalukjuak High School

Province/Territory: Nunavut

Focus Area: New rugby programming

Details of the 2022 HSBC Bank Community Rugby Fund will be announced at a later date. For more information, please visit or email


Rugby Canada is the national governing body of the sport of Rugby Union in Canada. They administer and operate Men’s and Women’s Senior and Junior National programs in both rugby 15s and 7s, as well as govern the Club and community game for more than 30,000 registered participants from coast to coast in conjunction with ten Provincial Union members.

Rugby Canada is headquartered at the Al Charron National Training Centre in Langford, BC, residing on the unceded territories of the Coast Salish and Lekwungen/Songhees peoples, with staff also working from Vancouver, Toronto and Ottawa. Rugby Canada business operations, programs and events are delivered nationwide, including the internationally recognized HSBC Canada Sevens annual tournaments.