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TORONTO (May 24, 2022) – Canadian Sport Institute Ontario (CSIO) will be hosting the Commonwealth Games’ Queen’s Baton Relay at CSIO on Friday May 27, 2022. CSIO is excited to welcome The Queen’s Baton as it makes one of its Canadian stops on its 294-day long journey visiting all 72 Commonwealth Nations and Territories ahead of the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England taking place July 28 to August 8, 2022. The Relay began on October 7, 2021, with Her Majesty The Queen placing her message to the Commonwealth into the Baton. The collective journey ignites hope, solidarity and collaboration as it connects communities, embraces unique cultures and shares inspirational stories.

Media are invited for broadcast, interviews and photo opportunities.


  • MP Jean Yip (Scarborough – Agincourt)
  • Claire Carver-Dias, Co-Chef de Mission Team Canada 2022 Commonwealth Games
  • Sam Effah, Co-Chef de Mission Team Canada 2022 Commonwealth Games
  • Richard Powers, President, Commonwealth Sport Canada
  • Ian Gordon, Chair, Canadian Sport Institute Ontario
  • 2022 Team Canada Athletes / Hopefuls

* Speakers subject to change without notice.

When:            Friday May 27, 2022 from 11am to 12:30pm (Formal remarks at 11:15am)

Where:         Canadian Sport Institute Ontario at Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre

                 875 Morningside Avenue, Suite 100

*Note: CSIO is located on the main floor at the North end of the facility.

Media are asked to please check-in at CSIO reception to register for the event upon arrival.

COVID-19 Protocols:           Masks are mandatory in the CSIO space.

Media will be required to complete a Rapid Antigen Test upon arrival at CSIO. Alternatively, if media have completed an RAT earlier the same day, they can complete a written declaration upon arrival.

Note: The RAT takes approximately 15 minutes to complete, so please arrive early to accommodate.  


Canadian Sport Institute Ontario (CSIO) is a non-profit organization committed to the pursuit of excellence by providing best-in-class programs, services, and leadership to high performance athletes, coaches, and National and Provincial Sport Organizations to enhance their ability to achieve international podium performances. Our team of expert staff deliver sport science, sport medicine, life services, and coaching and technical leadership support to help Canada win medals and strengthen the sport system in Ontario and Canada. CSIO is part of the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Sport Institute Network, working in partnership with the Canadian Olympic Committee, Canadian Paralympic Committee, Own the Podium, and the Coaching Association of Canada. CSIO is further supported by funding partners such as the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries and Sport Canada.


The 2022 Commonwealth Games will be host to 72 participating nations and territories taking part in the Games. The Commonwealth Games are a valuable opportunity as a steppingstone and development opportunity for Canadian athletes, coaches, and managers working towards Olympic and Paralympic success. Canada’s performance projection in 2022 is a top 3 ranking, in total medals, amongst all nations and territories competing. Commonwealth athletes won 80%+ of Canada’s medals at the 2020 Olympic Games. 

Team Canada’s dedicated mission team will provide an optimal environment by celebrating equality, diversity, and non-discrimination. This is in support of our goals needed to enable a best ever performance by Canadian athletes at the 2022 Commonwealth Games. 


Commonwealth Sport Canada (CSC) is the franchise holder for the Commonwealth Games and the Commonwealth sport movement in Canada. CSC is an active, contributing member of the Canadian sport community and supports Canada’s athletes to achieve excellence at Olympic, Paralympic Games, and world championships. The mission of CSC is to enrich the lives of youth across the Commonwealth and host the Commonwealth Games. CSC is responsible for all aspects of Canada’s participation in the XXII Commonwealth Games and will be sending a team of almost 400 of Canada’s best athletes and coaches to compete for Canada. The upcoming Games will occur in Birmingham, England from July 28 through to August 8, 2022. For additional information go to:


Media Contacts: 

Laura Albright, Senior Advisor, Communications & Marketing
Canadian Sport Institute Ontario
Tel: 416.596.1240 Ext. 238


Patrick Kenny

Communications Team Leader – Team Canada 2022

Tel: 613.724.7160