Canada Games — Hosting Program

The Canada Games component of the Hosting Program provides funding to organizations that are duly incorporated for the staging of the Games (known as Host Societies or Organizing Committees).

The country's largest domestic multisport event, the Canada Games are held at two-year intervals, alternating between winter and summer. We collaborate with the host municipal or regional and provincial/territorial governments to financially support each edition of the Games.

We do not provide any deficit guarantees or deficit funding.

Who can apply

Eligible recipients are organizations that are incorporated as non-profit corporations under federal or provincial/territorial law and created specifically to organize the Canada Games.

Eligibility for funding is based on a federal-provincial/territorial hosting rotation and a bid process, typically run by the Canada Games Council or the host provincial/territorial government. The level of federal funding is based on a federal-provincial/territorial framework.

In addition, through an agreement with provincial/territorial governments, we provide funding for the travel costs of participants in the Canada Games, except those of the host province/territory. This funding from the Hosting Program is provided to the Canada Games Council, which manages Canada Games participant travel.

Application deadline

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

How to apply

Organizations interested in submitting an application for funding under the Canada Games component of the Hosting Program should contact Sport Canada.

Eligible expenses

We provide funding for project-related expenses, including the operating and capital expenses of delivering a hosting project, as well as those expenses identified in the legacy plan, as follows:

  • Operating expenses
    These are the expenses related to the staging of the Canada Games. Examples include: office rental; salaries; ceremonies; volunteer uniforms; pageantry, insurance; translation; equipment purchase; officials honoraria; doping control; medical services; training of volunteers; and the engagement of official language minority communities for the planning and delivery of the Canada Games.
  • Capital expenses
    These are expenses related to the construction or improvement of permanent structures, for the purpose of hosting Canada Games sport events. Examples include: building or upgrades to an existing venue structure to ensure that sport requirements are met; ensure accessibility and sustainability requirements are met; increase in spectator capacity; and enhanced lighting or air quality control..

We do not provide any deficit guarantees or deficit funding.

Contact us

Department of Canadian Heritage
Sport Canada
15 Eddy Street, 16th Floor (15-16-G)
Gatineau, Quebec
J8X 4B3



1-866-811-0055 (toll-free)


1-888-997-3123 (toll-free)

Agents are available to answer your questions Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (EST).

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