Canada Games

The Canada Games (French: Jeux du Canada) is at multi-sport event held every two years, alternating between the Canada Winter Games and the Canada Summer Games. The 2019 games took place in Red Deer, Alberta, between February 15 – March 3, 2019. The 2021 games will take place in Niagara, Ontario, from August 6 – 21, 2021.

Canada Games
Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, officially opens the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alberta on February 15, 2019.
GenreSports event
Inaugurated1967 (1967) (winter)
1969 (1969) (summer)
Organised byCanada Games Council


The governing body for the Canada Games is the Canada Games Council, a non-profit private organization incorporated in 1991.[1] 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. For example, the 2011 Halifax games were run by the Halifax 2011 Canada Games Host Society on the basis of an agreement between the host society and the Canada Games Council, Canada, Nova Scotia, and the city of Halifax. In 2015, for the first time, there was also a local host First Nation, Lheidli T'enneh.

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.[2]


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).

Host cities and provinces/territories

Year Canada Winter Games Canada Summer Games
No.Host cityNo.Host city
1967I Quebec City, Quebec
1969II Halifax and Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
1971III Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
1973IV New Westminster and Burnaby, British Columbia
1975V Lethbridge, Alberta
1977VI St. John's, Newfoundland
1979VII Brandon, Manitoba
1981VIII Thunder Bay, Ontario
1983IX Saguenay and Lac Saint-Jean, Quebec
1985X Saint John, New Brunswick
1987XI Sydney, Nova Scotia
1989XII Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
1991XIII Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
1993XIV Kamloops, British Columbia
1995XV Grande Prairie, Alberta
1997XVI Brandon, Manitoba
1999XVII Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador
2001XVIII London, Ontario
2003XIX Bathurst and Campbellton, New Brunswick
2005XX Regina, Saskatchewan
2007XXI Whitehorse, Yukon
2009XXII Summerside and Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
2011XXIII Halifax, Nova Scotia
2013XXIV Sherbrooke, Quebec
2015XXV Prince George, British Columbia
2017XXVI Winnipeg, Manitoba
2019XXVII Red Deer, Alberta
2021XXVIII Niagara Region, Ontario [3][4]
2023XXIX Prince Edward Island*
2025XXX Newfoundland and Labrador*
2027XXXI Yukon*
2029XXXII New Brunswick*
2031XXXIII, Northwest Territories*
2033XXXIV Nunavut*
2035XXXV Saskatchewan*

* The host cities have not been chosen for the games after 2021 but the provinces through 2035 have.[5]

Summer sports

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.[6]

Winter sports

The winter games include some sports not associated with winter. Sports for the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alberta.[7]

Former sports

Participating Teams Medal Results Summary – All Games

Rank Province/territory  Gold   Silver Bronze Total
1 Ontario 122710339723232
2 Quebec 10709398992908
3 British Columbia 7127657432220
4 Alberta 4705396331642
5 Saskatchewan 195255335785
6 Manitoba 163215294672
7 Nova Scotia 187199216602
8 New Brunswick 6987157313
9 Newfoundland and Labrador 194271132
10 Prince Edward Island 11212658
11 Yukon 15211955
12 Northwest Territories 76922
13 Nunavut 0011

Participating Teams Medal Results Summary – All Summer Games

Rank Province/territory  Gold   Silver Bronze Total
1 Ontario 7635765471886
2 Quebec 4364834681387
3 British Columbia 4744653941333
4 Alberta 232274310816
5 Nova Scotia 153145135433
6 Saskatchewan 100147181428
7 Manitoba 60103139302
8 New Brunswick 334559137
9 Newfoundland and Labrador 4192649
10 Prince Edward Island 55212
11 Yukon 2136
12 Northwest Territories 0000
13 Nunavut 0000

Participating Teams Medal Results Summary – All Winter Games

Rank Province/territory  Gold   Silver Bronze Total
1 Quebec 6344564311521
2 Ontario 4644574251346
3 British Columbia 238300349887
4 Alberta 238265323826
5 Manitoba 103112155370
6 Saskatchewan 95108154357
7 New Brunswick 364298176
8 Nova Scotia 345481169
9 Newfoundland and Labrador 15234583
10 Prince Edward Island 6162446
11 Yukon 13201649
12 Northwest Territories 76922
13 Nunavut 0011

List of Canada Games

For per Games medal standings see List of Canada Games.

See also


  1. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-02-20. Retrieved 2015-03-02.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. "Ontario to Host the 2021 Canada Summer Games". Retrieved 2015-12-16.
  4. "Niagara Region Named Host of the 2021 Canada Summer Games". Retrieved 2017-03-30.
  6. "SUMMER SPORTS". Canada Games Council. Retrieved 2019-08-13.
  7. "SPORTS". Canada Games Council. Retrieved 2019-08-13.
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