Upcoming Significant Events

Expand2017 North American Indigenous Games

88 Days to North American Indigenous Game Promo



In June 2015, the Aboriginal Sport and Wellness Council of Ontario and the City of Toronto were awarded the honour of hosting the 2017 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG).

Toronto's selection to host these Games will mark the first time in its 25-year history that the event will be held in a community outside of Western Canada. The Games will be held July 16 to July 23, 2017 and will bring together 5,000 aboriginal youth from across North America to celebrate Indigenous culture and compete in a variety of traditional and non-traditional sports. Opening ceremonies are scheduled for July 16, 2017 and a cultural village featuring a variety of artisans, elders, vendors and dancers will entertain visitors throughout the duration of the Games.

North American Indigenous Games

The North American Indigenous Games Council is a non-profit organization aimed at improving the quality of life for Indigenous Peoples and representing Indigenous distinctiveness. Through their continued support of sports and cultural activities they encourage equal access to participation in the social, cultural and spiritual fabric of the communities in which Indigenous Peoples work, live and play.

For more information on the North American Indigenous Games, please visit the official website of the 2017 North American Indigenous Games

Sports

North American Indigenous Games




Competitors in the North American Indigenous Games will compete in 14 different sports, including baseball, box lacrosse, canoe/kayak, soccer, and wrestling. All of the sporting events will be held at various locations across the GTA. For more information on the NAIG2017 Schedule & Events visit their official website.

Volunteer

North American Indigenous Games




The North American Indigenous Games are looking for over 2000 hard-working and dedicated volunteers, including French-speaking and medical volunteers. Volunteers will be stationed at the various event venues across Toronto and the GTA. For more information and to apply, please visit the Volunteers page at the NAIG2017 official website.

ExpandInvictus Games Toronto 2017

"Transforming Empathy into Empowerment"

In May 2016, Prince Harry announced that Toronto will host the next Invictus Games. The 2017 event will take place from September 23 to 30 and will see more than 600 wounded, ill and injured servicemen and women from 16 allied nations compete in 12 adaptive sports.

The Invictus Games use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding of and respect for those who serve their country, and for their loved ones.

Hosting the Games in Canada in 2017, the year the country celebrates the 150th anniversary of its Confederation, will provide a unique opportunity for Canadians to commemorate its active duty and veteran service members, and their families. The Games will awaken the latent empathy that Canadians feel for its military and transform it by empowering the Canadian public, politicians and corporations to solicit long-term advocacy, donations and support for the country’s service members and military families in need.

For the first time in the history of the Invictus Games, the 2017 event will introduce a torch relay, igniting the spirit of the Invictus Games across all 32 Canadian military bases and neighbouring communities. Spectacular Opening and Closing Ceremonies will further celebrate the 'I AM' spirit as well as the outstanding performances and achievements of our unconquered competitors.

Invictus Games Toronto 2017 official website

What are the Invictus Games?

The Invictus Games were established by Prince Harry in 2014 following a visit in 2013 to the US-based Warrior Games for wounded, ill and injured military personnel and veterans. The inaugural Invictus Games were held in London in 2014. The second Invictus Games took place in Orlando, Florida, in 2016. The Invictus Games are the only sporting event for active duty and veteran service members who have become wounded, ill or injured as a direct consequence of their service.

Competitors compete in 12 adaptive sports, including wheelchair basketball and rugby, archery, powerlifting, a variety of track and field events and, new to the 2017 Games, ball hockey and golf.

Adaptive sport (or parasport) is competitive sport for individuals with disabilities. Some rule and equipment modifications are made to better meet the needs of participants. Adaptive sport competitions like the Invictus Games help service members and veterans in overcoming their physical or mental health illness or injury, and many of these sports are often included in the rehabilitation program of ill, wounded or injured persons.

For more information about adaptive sport, please visit the Invictus Games Toronto 2017 official website or Soldier On.

How to Get Involved

Sign up for the Invictus Games Toronto 2017 Newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest Invictus Games news, events and announcements!

Compete in the 2017 Invictus Games

The Invictus Games Toronto 2017 will bring together more than 600 competitors from 16 nations to compete in 12 sports. For information on how to become a competitor in the next Invictus Games, please visit their Competitors page.

Volunteer

Thank you to all applicants! Due to overwhelming demand the Volunteer portal closed on December 12, 2016.  More information on the Volunteer page at the Invictus Games Toronto 2017 official website.

Become a Sponsor

To learn more about sponsorship opportunities with the Invictus Games Toronto 2017 Organizing Committee, please visit their Sponsorship page.

Expand2020 World Masters Athletic Championships

In October 2016, Toronto was announced as the host city for the 2020 World Masters Athletics Championships with a mission to provide a world class championship-calibre competition for athletes of all nations and of all abilities, and to embrace a multicultural, multi-race, and multi-spiritual sports exchange which will foster better understanding across our diverse landscape.

Toronto has the honour of hosting the inaugural "First World Masters Track & Field Championships" in 1975 and we're thrilled to host again 45 years later.

The Championships will take place Tuesday, July 21 to Sunday, August 2, 2020 at the finest athletic stadium facilities in Toronto, Varsity Stadium at the University of Toronto and York Lions Stadium at York University, in addition to the Toronto Track & Field Centre. 

 Centennial Park and the Toronto Islands will host non-stadium events such as cross country and race walks.

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The Championships includes is open to all over age 35 regardless of skill level and participants complete against their age group in all athletic disciplines.

For more information, please visit the 2020 WMA official website

Past Major Events

ExpandFIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2007

From July 1 to 22, 2007, Toronto had the honour of being the headquarters and host of 12 matches, including the gold medal match, for the FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2007.

All Toronto matches were held at the National Soccer Stadium at Exhibition Place. This new $72.8 million soccer specific facility is 20,000 seats and was built through a funding partnership between the Government of Canada, Province of Ontario, City of Toronto and Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Ltd.

The FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2007 was hosted in six cities across Canada (Burnaby, Edmonton, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Victoria) and accomplished a record 1.2 million in spectator attendance making it the largest single sport event held in Canada.

The event reached new global levels for broadcasting as all 52 matches were sold to 200 countries and territories around the world and viewership increase 67% over the 2005 event. CBC had 110 broadcasts and 220 hours of coverage (live and delayed).

As part of the event evaluation, a detailed economic impact analysis was conducted for all six host cities in partnership with the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance and Canadian Soccer Association utilizing STEAM (Sport Tourism Economic Assessment Model). Part One involved in-person surveys during match days by a volunteer team and Part Two used the survey data to produce the analysis.

In the gold medal match Argentina defeated the Czech Republic 2-1 in an exciting finale to the Championship.

 

ExpandOlympic Torch Relays

The Olympic Flame burned brightly in Toronto


Olympic Torch

When the Olympic Torch Relay visited Toronto on December 17 to 19, 2009, thousands of Torontonians of all ages lined city streets to cheer on the Olympic Flame and attended the Community Celebration at Nathan Phillips Square on December 17.

The Olympic Torch Relay was a once-in-a-lifetime event that brought the spirit of the games to Toronto. Close to 200 torchbearers, including Canadian film directors, father and son Ivan and Jason Reitman, Olympians such as hockey players Vicky Sunohara and Murray Dowey, sailor Paul Henderson and rower Marnie McBean, along with hundreds of everyday Canadians, carried the Olympic Flame for 48 kilometres through city neighbourhoods.



The Olympic celebrations continues with the Paralympic Torch Relay

 

Vancouver Torch Relay Brand

On February 20 2010, Adrian Heaps, Chair of the Toronto Community Task Force for the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Torch Relay (Councillor, Ward 35 Scarborough Southwest), announced Toronto's five Community Torchbearers who carried the Paralympic Flame when it visited the city for the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Torch Relay on Friday March 5. Toronto was one of three cities outside of British Columbia chosen to host the 2010 Paralympic Torch Relay.

The five Community Torchbearers were Paralympians Jeff Adams and Erika Schmutz, wheelchair basketball player Shayne Smith; Citytv reporter Tara Weber and ParaSport Ontario advocate and volunteer Joe Millage. More than 40 torchbearers, including Toronto's five Community Torchbearers tookpart in the relay at Nathan Phillips Square in March 2010.

ExpandPast Events Listing

Toronto has been the host of many national and international events and large city-wide conferences, some of which include:

Events of Significance

  • 1984 Papal Visit
  • 1985 Giant Panda Exhibition
  • 1988 G7 World Economic Summit
  • 1993 Royal Visit / 2012 Royal Jubilee Visit
  • 2002 World Youth Day
  • 2003 Molson Canadian Rocks for Toronto Benefit Concert
  • 2004 Kalachakra (Dalai Lama Visit) / 2010 Dalai Lama Visit
  • 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Torch Relays
  • 2010 G-20 Summit
  • 2011 Rick Hanson Foundation 25th Anniversary Relay
  • 2014 WorldPride
  • 2015 PanAm / Parapan Am Games
  • 2017 North American Indigenous Games
  • Toronto 2017 Invictus Games

Cultural Events

  • 1975 to 1990, 1994, 2002, 2011 Canadian Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences JUNO Awards
  • 1995 The Barnes Exhibit ("From Cezanne to Matisse: Great French Paintings from the Barnes Foundation")
  • Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television (ACTRA) Genie Awards (Cinema)
  • Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television (ACTRA) Geminis (English Language Television)
  • 2011 International Indian Film Awards (IIFA)

Sport Events

Athletics

  • 1993 IAAF World Indoor Athletic Championships
  • 2003 National Cross Country Running Championships
  • Festival of Excellence
  • 2012 World Deaf Athletics Championships

Aquatics

  • 1999 Canadian Winter Nationals Diving Championships
  • 2004 Canadian National Synchronized Swimming Championships
  • 2004 Olympic Swimming Trials
  • FINA Men's Water Polo World League Semi-Final 2005
  • Bell Swimming Grand Prix 2006
  • 2005 Canadian National Synchronized Swim Championships
  • 2006 & 2007 Bell Grand Prix (Competitive Swimming)
  • 2008 100th Anniversary Lifesaving Society Canadian National Lifeguarding Championships
  • 2008 Canada Cup (Competitive Swimming)
  • 2009 Canadian National Masters Swimming Championships
  • 2016 Olympic Trials

Badminton

  • 2000 Canadian International Badminton Championships

Baseball

  • 1991 Major League Baseball (MLB) All-Star Game
  • 1992 & 1993 MLB World Series
  • 2009 World Baseball Classic
  • 2015 MLB World Series

Basketball

  • 1994 FIBA World Men's Basketball Championships
  • 2014 Women's World Wheelchair Basketball Championships
  • 2015 CIS Men's Basketball Championships
  • 2016 NBA All-Star Game

Canoe/Kayak

  • Mazda Canoe/Kayak Knockout 2007

Curling

  • 2015 Grand Slam of Curling

Dragon Boat Racing

  • 2006 International Dragon Boat Federation Club Crew World Championships
  • 2011 ICF Dragon Boat Club Crew World Championships

Fencing

  • 2007 Commonwealth Veterans Fencing Championship

Football (Canadian)

  • 95th Grey Cup 2007
  • 2007 Desjardins Vanier Cup
  • Canadian Football League (CFL) Grey Cup - hosted 19 times between 1954 and 1992
  • 1965 - 2003 Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) Vanier Cup
  • 2012 100th Anniversary Grey Cup Festival and Toronto Argonauts Grey Cup Victory Parade
  • 2016 Grey Cup

Football (American)

  • International Bowl 2007
  • International Bowl 2008
  • International Bowl 2009

Golf

  • 2010 RBC Canadian Open

Gymnastics

  • 1990 Canada vs. China
  • 1991 Canada vs. China/France (Women's)
  • 1991 World Cup Qualifier
  • 1992 Reach for the Sky
  • 1993 Challenge Cup (Women's)
  • 1993 Canada vs. USA (Junior and Aged Group Men)
  • 1999 USA/CDA Challenge
  • 2004 Canadian Artistic Final Olympic Trials

Hockey (field)

  • 1994 Four Nations Tournament

Hockey (ice)

  • 1999 & 2004 National Hockey League Awards
  • 2000 National Hockey League(NHL) All-Star Game
  • 2004 World Cup of Hockey
  • 2007 AHL All-Star Game
  • 2010 NHL Face Off Event
  • 2015 & 2017 IIHF World Junior (Hockey) Championships
  • 2016 World Cup of Hockey

Horse Racing

  • 1994 Breeders Cup World Thoroughbred Championship
  • 2000 World Series Racing Championship
  • 2011 North American Police Equestrian Championships

Lacrosse

  • 1996 Men's Lacrosse World Championship
  • 2002 World International Indoor Lacrosse Championship
  • 2006 NLL (National Lacrosse League) All-Star Game

Martial Arts

  • 2009 10th World Wushu Championships
  • 2012 Canadian Open Taekwondo Championships

Multi- Sport Games

  • 1976 Summer Paralympic Games
  • 1985 World Masters Games
  • 1997 Special Winter Olympic Games
  • 2012 Ontario Summer Games
  • 2015 Pan Am/Para Pan Am Games
  • 2016 Canadian Transplant Games
  • 2017 North American Indigenous Games
  • Toronto 2017 Invictus Games

Rugby

  • 2006 Barclays Churchill Cup of Rugby
  • 2009 International Rugby Series - Canada vs Wales
  • 2011 International Rugby Series - Canada vs USA

Rope Skipping

  • 2006 FISAC-IRSF World Rope Skipping Championships

Sailing

  • 1991 Hobie 17 World Championships
  • 1994 Tall Ships Challenge
  • 1995 470 World Championships (Open & Women)
  • 1998 49er North Americans
  • 1999 Sailing North Americans
  • 2000 Finn North Americans

Soccer

  • 1987 FIFA World U-17 Championship, where Toronto served as the main site with 21,000 sold out crowd at Varsity Stadium witnessing the Soviet Union defeating Italy in the semi-final and 15,000 people watching Nigeria beat USSR in the final
  • 1998 CONCACAF Women's World Cup Qualifying Round also held in Toronto
  • 2002 CONCACAF Women's U-19 International Friendly, Canada vs. Italy, in Toronto
  • 2004 Championships World Series at the SkyDome in Toronto wherein the two games attracted an animated fan base from Toronto and our U.S. neighbouring states with a combined spectator crowd of nearly 100,000
  • FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2007
  • 2008 Pepsi MLS All-Star Game
  • FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Canada 2014
  • North American Ethiopian Sports Federation Tournament 2016

Table Tennis

  • 2000 North American Senior & Junior Championship

Triathlon

  • 2000 International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Cup

Volleyball

  • 1991 World League Volleyball
  • 2001 Francophone Games
  • 2006 Canadian Beach Volleyball Championships
  • 2012 Canadian Volleyball Championships
  • 2012 FIVB World League of Volleyball
  • 2012 Sitting Volleyball Canada Cup

Wrestling

  • 1993 FILA World Freestyle Wrestling Championship


Conventions & Conferences

  • 1995 Metropolis Commission on Social Development & Culture
  • 1998 American Bar Association - Annual Meeting
  • 1998 National Association for the Education of Young Children - Annual Meeting
  • 1999 American Industrial Hygiene Association - Annual North American Convention
  • 2000 American Thoracic Society - Annual Convention
  • Seventh Day Adventist General Conference Session
  • 2001 International Association of Chiefs of Police Annual Conference
  • 2002 International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans Annual Convention
  • 2003 American Library Association Annual Conference
  • 2004 Microsoft Corporation World Wide Partners Conference
  • 2006 XVI International AIDS Conference
  • 2009 The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) Conference
  • 2010 Shriners International Conference
  • 2011 Swift International Banking Operations Seminar (SIBOS) Conference
  • 2011 US Green Build Council Conference
  • 2012 & 2016 Microsoft World Partnership Conference
  • 2014 Lions Club International Convention
  • 2014 Tim Hortons 50th Anniversary Convention