Olympic athletes may receive a bit of glory during the Olympics, but unless you're a household name like Michael Phelps or you appear on your own Wheaties box, not many people will remember who you are once the games are over.
But at least it's not so bad. Professional athletes are known to make a ton of money right?
You're thinking of athletes who play professional sports, North American athletes however are notoriously poor.
Many of them can't hold full time jobs because they are too busy training and they can only get government support if they win competitions or gold medals.
So, let's say you're an Olympic athlete, you just spent the last 4 years training and now, you just won a gold medal for your country. You may think you're in for a huge payday.
Well if you're lucky enough to live in Singapore, you'd be looking at a $750,000 payday.
But if you live in Canada you'll be getting a measly $15,000.
That's according to the latest estimate made by statista.
All of a sudden, living in Kazakhstan seems a lot more appealing.
The Canadian Olympic Committee's Athlete Excellence Fund (AEF) awards athletes who win gold, silver and bronze medals for Team Canada.
What's more is that the AEF doesn't have a cap for eligible athletes — if an athlete wins more than one medal, they're awarded the cash prize that matches it, regardless of whether they won the medal for a team sport or individually.
Gold medal winners receive $20,000 per medal, silver medal winners receive $15,000 per medal, and bronze medalists receive $10,000 per medal.
Outside of the Olympics, the AEF also offers $5,000 in funding for World Championships to support athletes' cost of living, training and competition expenses.
Why You Need To Go: For the rest of the summer, seven spaces recreating colourful urban gardens are scattered along avenue Mont Royal. There's a colourful skate park, a light and shadow garden, a rose mural, and other funky spots to check out.
Why You Need To Go: If you've been craving something greasy, you'll be happy to know that you can get a free burger for a limited time at Burger King. All you have to do is download the restaurant's app and place an order over $1 to get a free Whopper.
When: Every day until September 6 from 7 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Address: Place des Commencements; 200, rue de la Commune O., Montréal, QC
Why You Need To Go: You can find Place des Commencements located at the end of the Grand Quai in Old Montreal, which has the most beautiful green terrasse where you can sit on chairs and admire Habitat 67 and the Jacques-Cartier Bridge. It's an ideal spot to watch the sunset.
Address: La Brise du Large; 1800, Chemin des Iroquois, Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: This is the new waterfront park on the Lachine Canal, La Brise du Large, that you have to check out this summer if you want to sit in the shade for a picnic or feel like you're in the South.
Why You Need To Go: A trip to the museum is always a good idea — especially when it's free. Note that the Christian Dior et Chapleau – Profession : caricaturiste exposition will cost you $9.50 on Wednesday evenings, but the rest of the museum is free to visit after 5 p.m.
Full-time students aged 18 and up are eligible for a 40% discount on all the ARTM's monthly passes. In Montreal, this amounts to $54. Due to the raised price of the regular monthly pass, students will wind up paying $1 more than the previous cost, which was $53.
Single and double STM trips will remain the same price — $3.50 and $6.50 respectively — but 10 trips will now cost the average adult $30.00, up from $29.50.
Regular fare for a three-day pass is going up 50 cents to $20.50. Weekly passes are going up 75 cents to $28 and monthly passes are going up $2 to $90.50.
You can find a full list of the public transportation fares coming into effect on July 1, 2021 here.
Vancouver is still the most expensive, Toronto is second, Calgary is fourth and Ottawa comes in fifth, but overall, Montreal still a comparably affordable place to live for overseas workers, according to this year's Mercer Cost of Living Survey.
Despite the loonie gaining strength relative to the U.S. dollar, "globally, Canada remains a relatively affordable place to live and an attractive destination for remote workers," Gordon Frost, partner at Mercer Canada, stated in a news release.
Using New York City as a baseline, the survey ranks 209 cities according to the cost of necessities such as transportation, housing, clothing, food, and entertainment.
The world's most expensive cities for expatriates are Ashgabat, Turkmenistan; Hong Kong, and Beirut, Lebanon, which climbed 42 spots this year thanks to economic turmoil compounded by the pandemic and the Port of Beirut explosion, according to the report.