International Major Multisport Games — Hosting Program

The International Major Multisport Games (IMMG) component of the Hosting Program supports large, multisport games that are governed by an international sport franchise holder with links to international sport federations.

These events contribute to the Sport Excellence Strategy and provide a focus for the high-performance plans and long-term athlete development of national sport organizations (NSOs). The Federal Policy for Hosting International Sport Events sets out that the Government of Canada will consider support for the hosting of two IMMG every 10 years (subject to the Hosting Program budget and/or necessary approvals).

Examples of IMMG include the Summer and Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Commonwealth Games and the Pan and Parapan American Games. The Toronto 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games were the most recently held and federally supported IMMG.

We do not provide any deficit guarantees or deficit funding. Typically, IMMG require a source of funds beyond the scope of the existing Program budget.

Who can apply

Eligible recipients are organizations that are incorporated as non-profit corporations under federal or provincial law, including eligible multisport service organizations (MSOs) and organizations created for a specific bidding or hosting project.

Application deadline

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis, but must be submitted prior to initiating a bid to host an IMMG.

How to apply

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

Eligible expenses

Funding is provided for project-related expenses, including the operating and capital expenses of delivering a bidding or hosting project, as well as those expenses identified in the Host Society’s/Organizing Committee’s legacy plan, as follows:

  • Operating expenses

    These are expenses required to implement an IMMG. Examples include: office rental; salaries; ceremonies; volunteer uniforms; pageantry, insurance; translation; equipment purchase; officials honoraria; doping control; medical services; programming or training camps that will help enhance the skills of athletes, coaches, officials; training of volunteers in financial, official languages, hosting, organizational skills; and the engagement of official language minority communities for the planning and delivery of an IMMG.

  • Capital expenses

    These are expenses related to the construction or improvement of permanent structures. Examples include: building or upgrades to an existing venue structure to ensure that special outfitting requirements are met (such as state-of-the-art diving platforms); increase in spectator capacity; and enhanced lighting or air quality control. 

In considering the level of federal funding, we compare activities and budgets against similar projects and assess the need for financial support.

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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