American Paralympians and Olympians now get paid exactly the same.👇
Canada's Paralympic athletes do not get paid for winning a medal at the games, the Canadian Paralympic Committee has confirmed.
In comparison, those competing for Canada at the Olympics can get $20,000 for each gold medal, $15,000 for each silver medal and $10,000 for every bronze medal.
In Canada, it's the Canadian Olympic Committee's Athlete Excellence Fund that rewards Olympians for winning a spot on the podium.
However, in an email on September 1, a spokesperson for the Paralympic Committee confirmed to Narcity that there is no "similar fund" for Canada's Paralympic athletes right now.
"We definitely support the idea, and strive to be in a position in the future to offer financial bonuses to medallists," the statement added.
Many of the Canadian athletes at Tokyo's Paralympic Games actually have other jobs when they're not competing on the world stage, including in roles like horse trainer, airport management company owner and administration and accounting technician.
Ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics, U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee announced that all American Paralympic medalists will earn the same as their Olympic counterparts.
Previously, Paralympic athletes from the United States received US$7,500 for gold, US$5,250 for silver and US$3,750 for a bronze. This year, American Paralympians and Olympians won $37,500, $22,500 and $15,000 for each respective medal.
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