Winnipeg 2017 -  Leaving a lasting legacy for athletes and the community

The 2017 Canada Summer Games will leave a lasting legacy of new and enhanced sport facilities, volunteer and leadership development that will benefit athletes and the broader community for years to come. Some important aspects of the 2017 Canada Summer Games’ legacy include:

  • Enhanced infrastructure via new facilities and facility upgrades
    • The Canada Games Sport for Life Centre
    • University Stadium at University of Manitoba
    • Sargent Park Beach Volleyball Centre
    • Bison Butte Mountain Bike Course
    • Investments at the Pan Am Pool
    • Larger investments in the future of sport in Winnipeg and Manitoba
  • Building capacity for coaches and officials
    • Over 800 coaches and technical staff, 1000 officials, and nearly 300 mission staff will be involved in training athletes for, and facilitating the operation of the Games’ 16 sports and over 250 events. Each will have the opportunity to build upon their existing skills and leadership capacity while making a lasting impact on the lives of young athletes. 
  • Increased tourism
    • Over 20,000 visitors are expected to come to Winnipeg over the length of the Games.
  • Building community and capacity, both now and tomorrow
    • Nearly 6,000 volunteers will be needed to put on the 2017 Canada Summer Games. Today’s leaders will be called upon to foster the next generation of leaders both on and off the field of play.
  • Exposing youth to elite level competition, inspiring them to reach further, train harder and maximize their own potential
    • Over 4,000 athletes will take part in the 2017 Canada Summer Games, and countless others will be part of the process of qualifying, training, and learning more about the long-term value of sport in a healthy lifestyle.

Canada Games Legacies

The Canada Games and their lasting legacies continue to be the catalyst for the growth of sport and recreation across the country.

Athlete Development

One of the key strategic directions of the Canada Games Council is to strengthen sport development in Canada. The Canada Games Council works in partnership with the national, provincial and territorial sport organizations as well as the provincial and territorial governments to ensure the Canada Games are a relevant and integral component of the developing athlete’s pursuit of excellence in every sport on the Games program.

Coaching Development

Another of the Canada Games contribution to the sport system is its investment in the development of coaches and officials. Coaches must be fully certified under the National Coaching Certification Program to at least Level 3 or Competency-based Education and Training equivalent. In addition, in order to ensure equitable participation and opportunities by both genders, a Women’s Coaching Mentorship Program was piloted at the 2003 Canada Winter Games in Bathurst-Campbellton, New Brunswick.

Infrastructure Development

In the forty-eight year history of the Canada Games, new and existing sports venues have benefited from capital improvements because of the opportunity to host a Canada Games. From arenas to pools, fields to courts, close to 500 venues in total have been upgraded to national standards through the Canada Games resulting in the availability of quality venues to host other provincial, national or international events. Cumulatively, over $300 million has been invested in the Canada Games; about half of it in capital projects in the various host communities.

Enhanced Sport Programming

The athletes, coaches and officials who attend the Canada Games are the product of provincial and territorial sport programming. In addition, hosting the Canada Games often leads to enhanced sport programs and training opportunities for the host athletes.

Equipment purchased for the Games are also an important legacy, providing clubs and schools with new bats and balls, mats and goals. For example, the Host Society of the 1997 Canada Summer Games in Brandon, Manitoba distributed over $500,000 of equipment to clubs and organizations to use to develop their respective sports.