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Ontario to Host the 2021 Canada Summer Games

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Ontario to Host the 2021 Canada Summer Games

Province Building on the Legacy of the 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games

Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport

Ontario will host the 2021 Canada Summer Games, the country's foremost national multi-sport competition.

The Games will be another chance for Ontario to showcase the knowledge, skills and experience gained from hosting the highly successful 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games.  Ontario and Newfoundland and Labrador recently traded spots in the Canada Games hosting rotation, with Newfoundland and Labrador committed now to the 2025 Canada Summer Games.

Ontario has hosted the Canada Games twice before -- the 1981 Canada Summer Games in Thunder Bay and the 2001 Canada Summer Games in London. Team Ontario has won the Canada Games flag 20 times since the inception of the Games in 1967.

Investing in the development of our amateur athletes and providing them with more opportunities to succeed supports the government's economic plan for Ontario. The four-part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people's talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.

Quick Facts

  • The location of the 2021 Games has not been determined, with the province and the Canada Games Council working together to confirm the timelines and requirements for securing a host city.
  • Held every two years, alternating between summer and winter, the Canada Games are the largest multi-sport event in Canada and represent the pinnacle of interprovincial/territorial sport competition.
  • Since their inception in 1967, nearly 100,000 athletes have participated in the Canada Games.
  • The sport industry contributes an estimated $2.1 billion to Ontario’s GDP and supports 43,730 jobs.
  • Ontario has almost tripled its support for amateur sport from $8.78 million in 2003 to more than $24 million in 2013-14.

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“We look forward to welcoming visitors and cheering on athletes from across the country as they strive for gold at the 2021 Canada Summer Games. The 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games left a far-reaching legacy and exceptional sports facilities that will continue to enrich Ontario for decades. Together with our partners, we’ll apply our experience to stage a successful Canada Summer Games that’s good for sport, our communities and our economy.”

Michael Coteau

Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

“The Canada Games Council is in support of our host governments working together to find solutions that are mutually beneficial to provincial/territorial goals and interests. We fully support the switch in hosting rotation between Ontario and Newfoundland and Labrador and have no doubts that both the 2021 and 2025 Canada Games will successfully showcase the talent of our country’s top amateur athletes.”

Sue Hylland

President and CEO, Canada Games Council

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