The Canada Games Council (CGC) and Niagara Host society has announced that the Canada Summer Games have been replanned for August 6-21, 2022.
The news release stated the new dates were decided after consultation between the National Sport Organizations, each provincial and territorial team, sport or non-sport venues, and all levels of government.
Originally, the Canada Summer Games were planned to take place on the same dates next year but were postponed considering the increasing public health concerns relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Opening Ceremony of the Niagara Summer Games will now be held on Saturday, August 6th, at Meridian Center in St. Catharines. And the Closing Ceremony will be held on Sunday, August 21st, at Queen Victoria Park in Niagara Falls.
With the one-year suspension, the CGC is working with sport partners in order to determine athlete eligibility. It is expected that a resolution for each sport would be announced by early 2021.
According to Chair of the Canada Games Council Board, Evan Johnston, providing some clarity on athlete eligibility rules for the 2022 events is their top priority and they expect to clearly answer all athletes and their families early next year.
The Canada Games are an amateur multi-sport event taking that is held in the country every two years, alternating between Winter and Summer editions. It is considered to be a key move to develop the next generation of national, international and Olympic champions of Canada. The Games are also widely regarded as the highest level of national competition for thousands of Canadian athletes.
Athletes taking part in the Canada Games represent their respective 13 provinces or territories. The first Games were held in 1967 as part of Canada’s Centennial Year Celebrations.
In the 28th edition of the Games that will take place in the Niagara Region, there are more than 5,000 participants and 4,000 volunteers to take part in.