Media Access Guidelines

These guidelines apply to all types of broadcasts, including radio, television and online. Members of the media who are interested in covering any aspect of the Games must be accredited.

Official Broadcasters of the 2017 Canada Summer Games

TSN and RDS are the official broadcasters of the 2017 Canada Summer Games. They have access to designated areas at sport venues, including the field of play. They have exclusive rights for interviews with athletes, coaches, and officials on the field of play and first rights in the mixed zones to conduct interviews.

No broadcaster should identify themselves as the sole broadcaster of the 2017 Canada Summer Games.

All competition events will be webcast by SportsCanada.TV. Streaming or retransmission online of any 2017 Canada Summer Games event - live or recorded - may not be posted without permission from the official broadcaster, SportsCanada.TV and/or the 2017 Canada Summer Games Host Society.

Official broadcasters may:

  • Provide live play-by-play coverage from the Games venues
  • Provide live coverage of the 2017 Canada Summer Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies
  • Establish a temporary hosting desk at The Forks for the Jeux du Canada Games Festival
  • Provide live coverage of any individual performance during the Jeux du Canada Games Festival that does not exceed :15 seconds.
  • Sell advertising for its coverage of the 2017 Canada Summer Games
  • Have exclusive rights to conduct interviews following a competition on the field of play

Non-official broadcasters may:

  • Capture images, video, and/or audio, of the field of play when the official broadcasters are not doing a live broadcast of a competition.
  • Conduct interviews in the mixed zone after the official broadcasters have had their first right to interviews
  • Air portions of the sport competition less than three minutes in any one program and not more than three times per day. Coverage of the competition may not exceed the lesser of: 30 seconds or one-third of a competition, race or event. This means, for example, in the case of the 100 metre sprint, a maximum of one-third of the race may be broadcast.
  • Use images, video, and/or audio, supplied by the official broadcasters, with
  • Air same-day or next-morning sports coverage only during broadcasts and regular programming. This means, for example, that non-official broadcasters may not broadcast special segments, such as a weekly competition recap
  • Capture images, video, and/or audio, of pre-competition warm-up periods from designated areas.
  • Air portions of the 2017 Canada Summer Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies and/or the Jeux du Canada Games Festival less than three minutes in any one program and not more than three times per day. Coverage of any individual performance within the ceremonies and/or festival may not exceed :15 seconds.

Field of Play and Accredited Photographer/Videographer Positions

Accredited photographers and videographers are provided with the most advantageous locations possible relative to all other space requirements at a venue. Designated photo/video positions will be identified for accredited photographers/videographers at each venue on a first-come, first-serve basis and some will be shared. Access to these areas will be marshalled by media and communications venue volunteers.  To gain access to these positions, a supplemental photographer identification device must be signed out from the venue media work area. The device will grant the photographer/videographer access to the photo/video locations and must be returned to the media work area.