Ottawa – The Canada Games Council (CGC) is pleased to announce the final sports and disciplines selected for the 2025 Canada Summer Games in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.
With the initial 90% of the sport program and the Host Society’s choice sport previously selected, women’s baseball and golf will round out the sports featured at the Canada Summer Games from August 8-24, 2025.
The CGC’s Sport & Games Committee adhered to a transparent and objective sport selection process in which it analyzed all sports and disciplines that wished to be included in the 2025 Canada Summer Games. The total number of sports/disciplines selected for the Games are based on a participant quota that each Games must follow.
“The Canada Games are a key milestone in the development of many young athletes and a catalyst in the growth of Canadian sport,” said Catherine Gosselin-Després, Chair of the CGC Sport & Games Committee. “While a number of sports vied for inclusion in 2025, unfortunately the Games footprint cannot accommodate them all. We thank all of our sport partners for their interest and collaboration with the Canada Games, and we look forward to working alongside the Host Society and the selected sports to create a once in a lifetime experience for all participants at the 2025 Canada Summer Games.”
The CGC ran a sport selection process that included a core sport review following the 2017 Canada Summer Games, and an assessment sport selection process, in order to determine the initial sport program for the 2025 Canada Summer Games.
The core sport review is designed to ensure that the core sports remain aligned with the mission, vision and values of the Canada Games and the Canadian sport system. Core sports generally meet all of the goals of the Canada Games sport program and provide the Canada Games and the Provincial/Territorial Governments with a stable sport program. The core sport program accounts for up to 70% of the overall Games quota.
The assessment sport selection process is designed to identify sports that generally meet most of the goals of the Canada Games sport program, but that lack alignment in a minority of areas that don’t allow it to achieve core status. The assessment process provides sports not previously on the Canada Games sport program the opportunity to be selected for the program through an objective evaluation.
The assessment sport selection process is used to select the remaining 30% of the Games quota.
With the addition of women’s baseball and golf, the final sport program for the 2025 Canada Summer Games is as follows:
Athletics (including Para & Special Olympics)
Baseball (Female & Male)
Basketball (Female & Male)
Beach Volleyball (Female & Male)
Canoe Kayak - Sprint
Cycling - Mountain Bike
Cycling - Road (including Para)
Rugby Sevens (Female & Male) – Host Choice Sport
Soccer (Female & Male)
Softball (Female & Male)
Swimming (including Para & Special Olympics)
Volleyball (Female & Male)
About the Canada Games Council
The Canada Games Council, a private, non-profit organization, is the governing body for the Canada Games. Held once every two years, alternating between winter and summer, the Canada Games represent the highest level of national competition for up and coming Canadian athletes. The Games have been hosted in every province at least once since their inception in Quebec City during Canada’s Centennial in 1967. The Games are proud of their contribution to Canada’s sport development system, in addition to their lasting legacy of sport facilities, community pride and national unity. The organization of the Canada Games is made possible through the tireless dedication of local Host Societies and the contribution and support of the federal, provincial/territorial and host municipal governments.
The office is located in Ottawa, Ontario, on the traditional territory of the Algonquin Anishinabek People.