For the past 30 years, the Saputo family has been at the forefront in the development of soccer in Canada. First as a sponsor of the Montreal Manic in the North American Soccer League (NASL), it increased its support in the ‘90s by becoming owner of the Montreal Impact. The family has also been at the heart of the Impact’s re-launch in 2002 after incorporating the club as a not-for-profit organization, as well as overseeing its day-to-day management.

One of the Saputo family’s most important contributions to the development of Quebec soccer has been the construction of Stade Saputo, home of the Montreal Impact. Stade Saputo was officially inaugurated on May19, 2008. The first phase of construction was financed entirely through private funds, totalling $17 million, including $7.5 million directly from the Saputo family. 

The Fonds de Solidarité FTQ

With the new adventure in MLS, the Saputo family was able to depend on assistance from the addition of a major player, when the Fonds de solidarité FTQ announced on February 3, 2012, that it would be investing in the Montreal Impact.

The Fund’s investment of $7.5 million gives it a minority partnership interest in Free 2 Play LP, the organization responsible for the management of the Impact, including a sponsorship.