New rink at 2015 Brier: Team Canada

There was already a Team Canada spot at the Scotties, as 2012 Ontario skip Tracy Horgan (left)...

There was already a Team Canada spot at the Scotties, as 2012 Ontario skip Tracy Horgan (left) knows all too well. The rule changes just bring the two tournaments into closer alignment. (REUTERS)

JIM BENDER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:46 AM ET

The Canadian Curling Association will add a Team Canada to the Tim Horton's Brier in 2015, it decided at its National Curling Congress and AGM in Ottawa.

The CCA will also add a Northern Ontario team to the Scotties Tournament of Hearts, which first introduced the Team Canada concept.

“With the final equitable opportunity to access Canadian championships now approved, we were able to formalize exciting changes to the CCA's two marquee properties, the Scotties Tournament of Hearts and the Tim Hortons Brier," CCA CEO Greg Stremlaw said in a release.

The CCA will also introduce a Canadian Mixed Doubles Championship, starting with the 2012-13 season and participants will not depend restricted to a residency rule, meaning two players from different provinces can compete together.

The CCA also reported a surplus for the fifth consecutive year, with a total of $227,508 for the past season.

The CCA board of governors also approved $250,000 to be allocated to the Curling Assistance Program this year.

The AGM also approved the "thinking time" concept where teams will be allowed 40 minutes for a 10-end game and five for each extra end.

The CCA will also increase the number of junior teams at the national championships to 14 from 12 for the coming season.

Meanwhile, Manitoba's Mitch Tarapasky has retired from the CCA board after completing his tenure.


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