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Canada Games Council. – (January 9th, 2017) Ottawa – The Canada Games Council (CGC) is pleased to announce the final sports and disciplines selected for the 2023 Canada Winter Games that have the opportunity to be hosted in Prince Edward Island (PEI).

The CGC’s Sport Committee adhered to a transparent and objective sport selection process in which it analyzed all sports and disciplines that wished to be included in the 2023 Canada Winter Games. The total number of sports/disciplines selected for the Games are based on a participant quota that each Games must follow.

“The Canada Games play a vital role in the growth of Canadian sport and have evolved to the point where more sports vie for inclusion than any specific Games could possibly include,” says Tom Quinn, Chairman of the Canada Games Council. “The Canada Games looks forward to continuing to build great partnerships among the governing bodies of the sports on the program as we plan towards the 2023 Canada Games.”

The CGC ran a sport selection process that included a core sport review following the 2015 Canada Winter Games, and an assessment sport selection process, in order to determine the final sport program for the 2023 Canada Winter Games.

The core sport review is designed to ensure that the Core sports remain aligned with the mission, vision and values of the Canada Games and the Canadian sport system. Core sports generally meet all of the goals of the Canada Games sport program and provide the Canada Games and the Provincial/Territorial Governments with a stable sport program. The core sport program accounts for up to 70% of the overall Games quota.

The assessment sport selection process is designed to identify sports that generally meet most of the goals of the Canada Games sport program, but that lack alignment in a minority of areas that don’t allow it to achieve core status. The assessment process provides sports not previously on the Canada Games sport program the opportunity to be selected for the program through an objective evaluation. The assessment sport selection process is used to select the remaining 30% of the Games quota.

The final sports selected for the 2023 Canada Winter Games program are:

Alpine Ski







Speed Skating – Long Track


Speed Skating – Short Track

Cross Country Ski


Curling – Female

Synchronized Swimming

Curling – Male

Wheelchair Basketball

Figure Skating

Para Alpine

Freestyle Ski

Para Nordic

Gymnastics – Artistic

Special Olympics Figure Skating

Gymnastics – Trampoline

HOST CHOICE (1 of 4 Options)


Table Tennis & Fencing

Fencing & Target Shooting

Target Shooting & Table Tennis

Hockey – Female

Hockey – Male

New events featured as part of these sports include Women’s Boxing and Mixed Doubles Curling.

The Sport Committee also named four sports for 2023 bid committee selection: Karate, Table Tennis, Fencing and Target Shooting were selected as host choice sports for the 2023 Canada Games. The bid committee that wins the right to host the 2023 Canada Games will indicate to the Council its choice from the short-list of four. (See Host Choice above for short-list).

About the Canada Games

Held once every two years, alternating between winter and summer, the Canada Games represent the highest level of national competition for up and coming Canadian athletes. The Games have been hosted in every province at least once since their inception in Quebec City during Canada’s Centennial in 1967. The Games are proud of their contribution to Canada’s sport development system in addition to their lasting legacy of sport facilities, community pride and national unity. 

The 2017 Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg are the 50th anniversary of the Canada Games and will be held from July 28th to August 13th. 

The 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer will be held from February 15th to March 3rd. 

The organization of the Canada Games is made possible thanks to the contribution and support of the Government of Canada, provincial/territorial governments, host municipalities and the Canada Games Council.

For more Information Contact: Joel Allard

Communications Coordinator

Canada Games Council

Tel: (613) 526-2320

E-mail: jallard@canadagames.ca