The Canada Games are a key step in the development of Canada’s young athletes. It is held every two years, alternating between winter and summer. As the best in their age group, the young competitors come to the events having trained hard for a long period of time to be chosen to represent their respective territory or province and compete for the Canada Centennial Cup and Games Flag.
The Games plays the role as a major step in the development of Canada’s future stars with Canada Games competitors being the next generation national, international, and Olympic champions of the country.
The Canada Games continue to be the catalyst for the growth of sport across the country. During the above forty-four-year history of the events, many sports venues, both new and existing, have benefited from capital improvements thanks to the opportunity to host the Games. Through the Canada Games, from fields to courts, arenas to pools, about 500 venues in total have been improved to national standards resulting in the availability of quality venues to host other events, both provincial, national, and international as well.
The Canada Games, held as a celebration of sport, youth, community, and culture, are the product of collaboration between the Canada Government, provincial or territorial governments, the private sector, host municipalities, and the Canada Games Council.
At each Canada Games, the Province or Territory that scores the biggest number of points from all events is declared the champion as well as presented winner of the Canada Games Flag. Every athlete in every sport are awarded flag points, based on his/her performance and participation.
Canada Games Council
The Canada Games Council is the governing body of the Canada Games. The Canada Games Council is responsible for setting the philosophy, rules, objectives and for overseeing the operation of the Games schedule. It acts as the primary liaison to Host Societies as well as provides policies and procedures for planning and hosting the Games. The Sport Committee of the Council is responsible for choosing the sports to the Games. The Sport Committee, partnered with the Provincial Sport Organizations (PSOs) and National Sport Organizations (NSOs), determine the technical packages, which means rules governing the sport, for the Games.