The Canada Games Council (CGC) announced today their decision, with the support of the 2022 and 2023 Canada Games Host Societies, to require accredited individuals at the 2022 Canada Summer Games and the 2023 Canada Winter Games to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to take part in the Games due to the ongoing global pandemic.
The CGC’s vaccination policy applies to all accredited individuals attending the 2022 and 2023 Canada Games including athletes, coaches, managers, technical officials, participant assistants, venue pass holders, mission staff, VIPs and media.
The CGC, the 2022 and 2023 Canada Games Host Societies will make accommodations for individuals who are either ineligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination or have received an exemption on medical or religious grounds. A negative COVID-19 test will not be accepted as a substitute for vaccinations.
CGC and Host Society staff, contractors and volunteers must also be fully vaccinated under separate organizational policies.
Spectators at the 2022 and 2023 Canada Games will be subject to the public health requirements of the respective host communities and/or the policies of the host venues at the time of the Games.
Attached is the CGC’s Policy on Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccines. Details regarding the implementation of the policy and exemption procedures will be available by April 1, 2022. More information including the Vaccination Policy Frequently Asked Questions is available at www.canadagames.ca.