Canada

Title
Commonwealth Games Canada
Twitter
Address
2255 Boul St-Laurent Blvd
Suite 201
Ottawa
Ontario
K1G 4K3
Canada
Phone
+ (1 613) 244 6868
Fax
+ (1 613) 244 6826
President
Richard Powers
Chief Executive
Brian MacPherson

In 1930 Hamilton, Ontario became the first host of the ‘British Empire Games,’ a name that seems anachronistic to us today but which at the time signalled a widespread desire to celebrate the ties of nations which shared common values and perspectives.

In fact it was a Canadian journalist – MM ‘Bobby’ Robinson – who was the instigator and driving force behind the creation of the Games. A year after the Games the Commonwealth of Nations was formed in 1931, and Canada remains one of only six countries who have attended all of the Commonwealth Games since their inception.

In that Games in Hamilton the host nation secured a haul of 54 medals. Their biggest yield however came in 1994 with 128 medals although the 1986 Games produced their biggest tally of gold with 51. At the 2010 Games in Delhi, India the Canadians won a total of 76 medals, 26 of which were gold.

Canada has also hosted four Commonwealth Games and in 2003 the city of Hamilton was edged out of the race to host the 2010 Games by the Indian city of Delhi.

Commonwealth Games Canada (CGC) is responsible for organising participation in both the Commonwealth Games and Commonwealth Youth Games. CGC also plays an active role in international sports development through the Capacity Support Programme, which supplies skilled early-career graduates to smaller governing bodies throughout the Commonwealth. CGC also supports programmes designed to tackle AIDS in the Caribbean.

Canada is in many ways the spiritual home of the Commonwealth Sports Movement. The very first Commonwealth Games (or as they were called back then, the ‘British Empire Games’) took place in Hamilton, Ontario in 1930.

In fact it was a Canadian journalist – ‘Bobby’ Robinson – who was the instigator and driving force behind the creation of the Games, building on a widespread desire to celebrate the ties of nations which shared common values and perspectives. A year after the first Games, the Commonwealth of Nations was formed in 1931, and Canada remains one of only six countries who have attended all of the Commonwealth Games since their inception.

In that Games in Hamilton the host nation secured a haul of 54 medals. Their biggest yield however came in 1994 with 128 medals although the 1986 Games produced their biggest tally of gold with 51. At the 2014 Games in Glasgow, Scotland the Canadians won a total of 82 medals, 32 of which were gold.

Canada has hosted four Commonwealth Games, and has built on these important contributions to Commonwealth sport as a Commonwealth leader in sport and development internationally.

Commonwealth Games Canada (CGC) is responsible for organising participation in both the Commonwealth Games and Commonwealth Youth Games, and is separate to the Canadian Olympic Committee. CGC is the only Canadian sport organisation that delivers both high performance sport programs in Canada and sport for development programs abroad. It leverages the transformative powers of sport to inspire and make a difference in countries around the world.