Ottawa – The Canada Games Council (CGC) is pleased to announce the provinces and territories currently exploring the opportunity to host the Canada Games in the fourth hosting rotation model, from 2031 to 2037, as part of a new hosting rotation model adopted by the Federal/Provincial-Territorial Governments:
- Quebec – 2031 Canada Winter Games;
- Saskatchewan – 2033 Canada Summer Games;
- Northwest Territories – 2035 Canada Winter Games; and
- Nova Scotia – 2037 Canada Summer Games.
“Congratulations to Quebec, Saskatchewan, Northwest Territories and Nova Scotia for successfully securing the opportunity to host the Canada Games from 2031 to 2037,” said Kelly-Ann Paul, President and CEO of the CGC. “We welcome the opportunity to work with these four jurisdictions to deliver the Canada Games and champion sustainable and inclusive communities that strengthen the fabric of Canada through the power of sport. I’d also like to thank the Government of Canada and all of our Provincial/Territorial Government partners for their support of the new hosting rotation model for the Canada Games.”
With the fourth hosting rotation now set, these jurisdictions must each complete the formal bid process established by the CGC in order to determine the host communities for the Games. This process begins about seven and a half years prior to each Canada Games.
The hosting rotation of the Canada Games is set by Federal, Provincial and Territorial Ministers of Sport and reflects a pan-Canadian approach in which all provinces and territories have the opportunity to host the Games.
Under the new hosting model, four Canada Games are selected in each rotation spanning an eight-year period, allowing Provincial/Territorial Governments to express their interest in hosting opportunities based on their priorities. In each rotation, one small, one medium and two large jurisdictions will be eligible to host.
Under the previous model, each province/territory hosted once in a 26-year period. The new model opens the opportunity to host a Canada Games to more communities across the country by increasing the hosting frequency for large jurisdictions. Further, this model allows and requires provinces and territories to express a desire to host, thereby capitalizing on the many transformational infrastructure, sport development, social, cultural, community, and economic legacies left by the Canada Games.
Under the new model, the hosting rotation must be set 10 years prior to the first Canada Games in that rotation. Provinces and territories can express their interest in hosting in the fifth rotation (2039-2045) no later than June 2028.
The next Canada Winter Games will take place February 18 to March 5, 2023 in Prince Edward Island. The next Canada Summer Games will be held in August of 2025 in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. The 2027 Canada Winter Games are scheduled to be hosted in Yukon, and the 2029 Canada Summer Games are scheduled to be hosted in New Brunswick.
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.
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