National Games

Special Olympics Yukon Soccer Players

Special Olympics Canada hosts our flagship National Games every two years, alternating between summer and winter. Athletes from across Canada compete in various sports over the course of a week with the goal of achieving personal bests and in some cases, the opportunity to be named to Team Canada for the proceeding World Games.

Visit our Stories and Photos and videos pages to learn about the athletes, volunteers and coaches who participated in the Special Olympics Canada 2016 Winter Games in Corner Brook, Newfoundland.

The next National Games will be in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, in the summer of 2018. For more information on the upcoming Summer Games, please visit the Games event page.

Special Olympics Canada's 2018 Bowling Championships will take place in PEI. 5-Pin Bowling will be held in Charlottetown and 10-Pin in Summerside May 13-17, 2018.

Bid Guidelines for the 2020 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games

Special Olympics Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance, conducted an economic impact study using the industry recognized STEAM (Sport Tourism Economic Assessment Model). The results from the study demonstrated the significant economic impact the National Games has for the Host Province and Host Municipality. The recent 2016 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games resulted in a $5.4 million economic impact. That is an incredible return on the financial investment, but the social return on investment is just as rich.

The Special Olympics Canada Summer & Winter Canada Games started in 1974 and arenational multi-sport Games for athletes with an intellectual disability. Over 42,500 athletes compete in training and competitions all across Canada supported by over 20,000 volunteers. It is the country’s largest multi-sport event for people with intellectual disabilities and provides our athletes with a development and competitive opportunity that prepares and qualifies them for World Games. There are participants competing in 8 sports for our Winter Program. The Summer and Winter Games are held every other year alternating between Summer and Winter (i.e. 2014 Summer, 2016 Winter etc.).

Critical Dates for the National Games Bid Process:

  • Letter of Interest – April 14th, 2017
  • Bidders Conference Call (If needed) – Week of April 24th – 28th, 2017
  • Bid Submission – June 16th, 2017
  • Site Visits – July 3rd – 7th, 2017
  • Recommendation and Announcement of Host – July 28th, 2017