The Canada Games is a multi-sport and cultural event that brings together the best athletes and artists in a specified age group from each Canadian province and territory. The primary objective of the Games and the Games movement is national and provincial sport development of Canadian youth. The Games provide the stimulus for Canadian youth to reach their athletic potential, pursue personal excellence and develop socially and culturally within the context of ethical competition. The Games rotate across the country and facilities built for the Games often serve as a sporting legacy to the host communities.
The Canada Games were created by the Amateur Athletic Union, a private, not-for-profit national sport organization, with significant funding provided by the federal and Quebec governments. Quebec City hosted the first Canada Winter Games in 1967 as part of Canada’s centennial celebrations. Following the formation of Fitness and Amateur Sport Canada in 1968 the Canada Games became a program of the federal government. The first summer version of the Games was staged in Halifax in 1969. Since then each province has hosted the Games at least once.
In 1991, the Canada Games Council, a private, not-for-profit operation was formed. The Canada Games Council is the organization responsible for all aspects of the Games, including the philosophy, objectives and the development of policies and procedures to guide the preparation and staging of the Canada Winter and Summer Games. Their partners include federal, provincial and territorial governments, National Sport Organizations and their affiliated Provincial Sport Organizations. Additionally, host cities, provinces, and territories, host societies and corporate sponsors are partners in the staging of each Canada Games event.
Canada Games has taken on a new importance over the past number of years in Canada’s overall sport strategy. Canadian Sport Policy positions Canada Games as to target next generation National Team members and future Olympians.
Canada Games Host Communities
The Western Canada Summer Games were created in 1973 primarily as an opportunity for Western Canadian athletes to test their skills in Olympic standard competition, improve sport facilities in Western Canada, foster volunteerism and provide for high quality sport events. Following the 1987 Western Canada Summer Games in Regina, a review of the Games was conducted and the provinces and territories agreed that the purpose of the Games should be to provide the province’s developing athletes with an opportunity to compete in competitions that supported provincial/territorial plans that might lead to higher competitions at the national level, i.e., national championships, Canada Games, etc. In 1995 the Ministers agreed that the Western Canada Games should provide a lead up to the Canada Games.
As directed by the Western Canadian Ministers responsible for Sport, the Western Canada Games Council is responsible for the stewardship of the Games. Membership on the Council includes representatives of the provinces/territories, the host community(ies), the host society and a representative from the governing sport body in the host province.
The goals of the Western Canada Summer Games are:
Western Canada Summer Games Host Communities