|Organised by||Canada Games Council|
The Canada Games (French: Jeux du Canada) is a multi-sport event held every two years, alternating between the Canada Winter Games and the Canada Summer Games. They represent the highest level of national competition for 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 2019 Canada Winter Games took place in Red Deer, Alberta, between February 15 – March 3, 2019. The Niagara 2021 Canada Sumer Games will be taking place August 6–21, 2022 in the Niagara Region. These games were postponed in 2021 because of the COVID-19 Pandemic. The PEI 2023 Canada Winter Games will be held February 18 – March 5, 2023 in the Province of Prince Edward Island. St. John's Newfoundland and Labrador has been named the Host Society of the 2025 Canada Summer Games as of April 22, 2021.
The games are governed by the Canada Games Council, a private, non-profit organization. As the Games move from one host community to the next, the Council provides the continuity, leadership and support to Host Societies in key areas such as sport technical, organizational planning, ceremonies and protocol, marketing and sponsorship. In addition, the Canada Games Council ensures effective long-term partnerships with national sport organizations, governments and the corporate sector. The Canada Games Council is a well-established, national organization that fosters on-going partnerships with organizations at the municipal, provincial and national levels.
The individual games are run by the local Host Society, a non-profit private organization that is established 2–4 years prior to the event. The Host Society functions in accordance with an agreement between the Canada Games Council, the government of Canada, the government of the province or territory and the government of the municipality. The Canada Games Council maintains and secures long-term partnership agreements with governments, corporations and national sport organizations.
Funding for the games comes from the several levels of government together with donations and corporate sponsorships. A considerable portion of the work during the games is performed by local volunteers.
The Games were first held in 1967 in Quebec City as part of Canada's Centennial celebrations. For the first time in Canada's history, 1,800 athletes from 10 provinces and two territories gathered to compete in 15 sports. Since 1967, over 75,000 athletes have participated in the Games. Facilities built for the Games include the Saint John Canada Games Aquatic Centre (1985), the Hillside Stadium and Aquatic Centre in Kamloops, B.C. (1993), the Corner Brook Canada Games Centre and Annex (1999), and the TD Waterhouse Stadium in London, Ontario (2001).
* The host cities have not been chosen for the games after 2021 but the provinces through 2035 have.
Sports for the 2021 Canada Summer Games in Niagara, ON. Box lacrosse will be making a return to the Summer Games for the first time since 1985.
The winter games include some sports not associated with winter. Sports for the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alberta.
Fencing was previously a Winter Games sport before it was moved to Summer program for the Sherbrooke 2013 games and then removed altogether following those games. BMX, field hockey, and water polo were formerly in the Summer program, as well.
All-time medal tables
|9||Newfoundland and Labrador||19||42||71||132|
|10||Prince Edward Island||11||21||26||58|
|9||Newfoundland and Labrador||4||19||26||49|
|10||Prince Edward Island||5||5||2||12|
|9||Newfoundland and Labrador||15||23||45||83|
|10||Prince Edward Island||6||16||24||46|
Medal leaders by year
Number of occurrences
- Ontario – 15 times (12 Summer; 3 Winter)
- Quebec – 11 times (11 Winter)
- British Columbia – 1 time (1 Summer)
List of Canada Games
For Games medal standings see List of Canada Games.
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