Bid Guidelines for the 2020 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games

2020 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games

The Games offer participants, volunteers and spectators an opportunity to experience the excitement of the Games, while leaving behind an important legacy of community pride and sport tourism development. Since 1974, the Games have brought athletes in the country together from each of our 12 Provincial/Territorial Chapters to reach for their dreams and pursue excellence in sport.

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.).

Bid Guidelines - 2020 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games (PDF)


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