FAQ

What are the Canada Games?

The Canada Games brings together more than 2,000 able-bodied athletes and athletes with physical and intellectual disabilities for the largest amateur multi-sport event in the country. Alternating between winter and summer, they span over 30 different sports to showcase the very best in Canadian sport and spirit.

When are the next Canada Games?

The next Canada Summer Games will take place in Niagara Region, Ontario between August 6-21, 2022. More information about the upcoming Games can be found here.

How does a city get to host a Canada Games?

The Provincial and Territorial hosting rotation of the Canada Games is set by Federal, Provincial and Territorial Ministers of Sport. Each Province/ Territory has the opportunity to host once in a 13 year cycle, but at times may switch positions within the rotation with another province. Communities within the host P/T are able to bid to host the games through the Canada Games bid process. Bid documents are evaluated in two phases and scored based on criteria outlined in the Bid Process and Hosting Standards Document, with the highest scoring community being awarded the bid.

What are the benefits of the Canada Games?

The key benefits of hosting a Canada Games include the following:

1) new and/or improved facilities; 

2) economic impact to the magnitude of $77M+ (2017 Games) and $110M+ (2019 Games) through new spending;

3) increased visibility within Canada as a desirable destination, through media exposure nationally, regionally and locally;

4) new base of volunteers with specific event training;

5) opportunity to demonstrate local arts and culture;

6) community enthusiasm for hosting sport events.

Where do I find the age categories for each sport?

The age categories for each sport for the upcoming Games can be found on this page.

What sports are part of the Canada Games?

Information about the sports that are currently on the Canada Games program and an overview of how they are selected can be found here.

How do I contact my Provincial/Territorial Team?

If you wish to contact your Provincial or Territorial team you can reach out through your Canada Games coach or your Provincial/Territorial Sport Organization.

How do I get to compete in the Canada Games?

Athletes at the Canada Games compete for their Province or Territory. As such, individuals are selected to compete by their respective Provincial/Territorial Sport Organization (PTSO). The Canada Games Council is not responsible for and does not have oversight of the team selection processes within each jurisdiction.

Individuals wishing to be selected to a Provincial/Territorial team should inquire with their respective PTSOs about the team selection process. Depending on the jurisdiction, the selection process for a Canada Games team may begin up to four years in advance of the Games.

What famous athletes have competed in the Canada Games before?

Some of the more notable alumni who have competed in the Canada Games include Catriona Le May Doan - Speed Skating, Athletics (1983, 1987, 1993), Sidney Crosby - Hockey (2003), Marie-Philip Poulin - Hockey (2007), Andre De Grasse - Athletics (2013), Kaetlyn Osmond - Figure Skating (2007), Lennox Lewis - Boxing (1983), Patrick Anderson - Wheelchair Basketball (1995), Bridget Carleton - Basketball (2013), Steve Nash - Basketball (1993), Eugenie Bouchard - Tennis (2009), Brian McKeever - Cross-Country Skiing (1999), and Katarina Roxon - Swimming (2005). To find out more about our alumni visit our Athletes page.

Where can I find results from past Canada Games?

Results from the 2007 Games and onwards can be found here.

Where can I purchase Canada Games merchandise?

You can check out our Canada Games store for all your Games merch needs.

Where can I purchase tickets for the next Canada Games?

Tickets can be purchased through each Host Society’s ticketing agency when available. For tickets to the Niagara 2022 Games click here.

Where can I find the sport schedule for the next Canada Games?

An overview of the sport schedule can be found through our Upcoming Games page.

Where can I find the broadcast and webcast information for the next Canada Games?

The broadcast and webcast information can be found on the Upcoming Games page here, and you can check out our previous Games footage through our Canada Games YouTube page.

What is the selection process for medical volunteers and sport officials?

The Canada Games Council works closely with Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine (CASEM), Canadian Athletic Therapists Association (CATA) and Sport Physiotherapy Canada (SPC) on a national call for a limited number of medical professionals to volunteer at each Canada Games.

Sport officials are selected by each sports National Sport Organization (NSO).

Outside of these programs, there are many opportunities for volunteers to contribute to the Canada Games in medical and sport roles through the general volunteer application process.

How do I become a volunteer for the Canada Games?

Approximately one year before the Games, a Host Society will open their general volunteer application process for Games-time volunteers. Prior to that, Host Societies will post leadership volunteer opportunities through their website. Visit the volunteer page for the 2022 and 2023 Games to find out more.

Why should I become a volunteer for the Canada Games?

Each Canada Games depends on thousands of volunteers in order to be successful. Volunteering for the Games gives you a chance to make a positive impact in your community, while helping to ensure that each Games is an incredible experience for the athletes, spectators, and guests who travel from all over Canada to attend. There is a wide variety of volunteer positions available which also gives you a chance to work in your area of expertise or learn something new!

What volunteer opportunities are available for the next Canada Games?

From sport operations to transportation, ticketing, and food services to name a few, the Canada Games require volunteers with a wide variety of skill sets and interests. No matter what type of experience you are trying to gain from the Games, we have a role that can help you fulfill it.

How can I become a coach at the Canada Games?

Coaches are selected to coach at the Canada Games by their respective Provincial/Territorial Sport Organization (PTSO). Depending on the jurisdiction, coaches may be selected up to four years in advance of the Games. The Canada Games Council is not responsible for and does not have oversight of the team selection processes within each jurisdiction.

Individuals interested in being considered for a coaching position at the Canada Games should reach out to their respective PTSO to inquire about opportunities.

Typically, Canada Games coaches have obtained National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) Competition - Development Certified status. Minimum requirements for NCCP certification are available within each sports Technical Package.

Where can I find information on team sizes or athlete eligibility for the next Canada Games?

Sport technical information such as team sizes and athlete eligibility can be found on the Upcoming Games page here.

Where can I find past Canada Games results and records?

Results from the 2007 Games and onwards can be found here.

Where can I find the technical package for my sport?

All sport technical packages can be found on the respective sport pages which live here.

Why is vaccination required for accredited individuals at the 2022 and 2023 Canada Games?

The health and safety of all Canada Games participants and the people who live, work and play in the communities hosting the Games is of the utmost importance. 

The Canada Games Council and the 2022 and 2023 Host Societies, in consultation with our stakeholders and local public health authorities, believe that vaccination is an appropriate mechanism to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission and help protect all members of the Canada Games family and the general public as we strive to deliver safe and successful Games in 2022 and 2023.

Who does this vaccination policy apply to?

This vaccination policy applies to all accredited individuals attending the 2022 and 2023 Canada Games, including athletes, coaches, managers, technical officials, participant assistants, venue pass holders, mission staff, guests and media.

CGC and Host Society staff, contractors and Games-time volunteers must also be fully vaccinated under separate corporate policies.

Why are you maintaining your vaccination requirement for the Canada Games when other vaccine mandates across Canada are being removed?

After much consultation with our stakeholders and based on the recommendation of regional public health authorities, the Canada Games Council will maintain the vaccination requirement as an appropriate measure to help reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission and create a safer environment for everyone at the Canada Games.

In particular for the Niagara 2022 Canada Summer Games, Niagara Region Public Health has recommended that the CGC maintain its mandatory vaccination policy based on the latest data on COVID-19 detection in Ontario. The latest wastewater surveillance trends show an increase in COVID-19 detection, indicating a potential increase in infection risk.

The Canada Games bring together participants and volunteers from across Canada into a multi-sport Games environment with shared accommodations, transportation, dining spaces, competition and training venues. The vaccination mandate will help protect everyone in the Games environment and reduce the risk of disruption to Games operations, thereby helping to ensure the safe and successful delivery of the Canada Games.

In addition to those directly involved in the Canada Games, the policy is also in place to help protect the health and wellbeing of the people who live in the Host community and mitigate the risk of a superspreader event.

We will continue to monitor the pandemic and consult with our stakeholders and public health authorities as we progress towards the 2023 Canada Winter Games in Prince Edward Island.

Is there a proof of vaccination requirement for spectators?

Spectators at the 2022 and 2023 Canada Games will be subject to the public health requirements of the respective host communities and the policies of the host venues at the time of the Games.

Who is considered fully vaccinated?

An individual is considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 if they receive and provide proof of a complete and up-to-date series of a Health Canada approved COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to their arrival at the 2022 or the 2023 Canada Games.

At this writing, fully vaccinated is defined as having received at least two (2) doses of a Health Canada approved COVID-19 vaccine no later than 14 days prior to the start of the 2022 or 2023 Canada Games. Public health authorities recommend booster dose(s) for those who are eligible.

What if I’m not eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination or I require an exemption on medical or protected religious grounds?

The CGC, the 2022 Canada Games Host Society and the 2023 Canada Games Host Society will make accommodations for individuals who are either ineligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination, or have received an exemption on medical or religious grounds.

Individuals seeking an exemption for the 2022 Canada Games should refer to Appendix A of the vaccination policy for the appropriate procedures to apply for an exemption based on medical or religious grounds.

What happens if individuals do not provide proof of vaccination or a valid medical or religious exemption?

Eligible individuals who have not provided proof of vaccination or received an exemption will not be permitted to attend or participate in the 2022 or 2023 Canada Games.

Can I provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test to be eligible to participate in the 2022 or 2023 Canada Games?

No. A negative COVID-19 will not be accepted as a substitute for vaccination.

How will proof of vaccination be assessed? Will my health information be collected and stored?

Accredited individuals must attest to their COVID-19 vaccination status upon registration for their Canada Games accreditation. However, they will not be required to submit proof of vaccination into the accreditation system.

The process for confirming an individual’s vaccination status varies based on the type of accreditation they have. Please refer to Appendix A of the vaccination policy to review the measures in place. 

The Canada Games Council and the Host Societies will not collect or store any documentation related to an individual’s vaccination status. The only exception to this is for individuals seeking an exemption from the vaccination policy, as they will be required to submit documentation to support their exemption application. Please refer to Appendix A of the vaccination policy for details on what documentation is required.

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