August 6-21, 2022
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Full Steam Ahead for Niagara 2021 Infrastructure Projects

With just under two years to go until the Niagara 2021 Canada Summer Games, we are happy to announce that the necessary government funding has been committed to move forward with the 2021 Canada Games Infrastructure Project, including the construction of two key legacy projects.

On August 16, 2019 and on September 5, 2019, the Governments of Ontario and Canada announced they will be investing $64 million ($32 million each) into the Niagara 2021 Canada Summer Games sport facilities. The announcements from the Honourable Lisa MacLeod, Ontario Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport and from the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, gave the Niagara 2021 Host Society the green light to proceed with upgrades to existing sport facilities across the Niagara Region, and the construction of Canada Games Park and the Henley Rowing Centre.

The recent Ontario and Federal announcements came after other funding announcements from the Niagara Region and local municipalities, bringing the total funding commitments to $105 million.

“This is a very exciting time for the Niagara Region and for the Canada Games,” says Niagara 2021 Chair, Doug Hamilton. “The wonderful support from the federal, provincial and municipal governments is not only an important step to ensuring a phenomenal Canada Games, but it is also an important step to ensuring that the 2021 Games leave a lasting legacy for Niagara.”

Canada Games Park

Located next to the Brock University main campus and walking distance from the Athletes Village, Canada Games Park will be home to new state-of-the-art sport facilities. These facilities will include a Sport and Abilities Centre, consisting of two ice pads, a para-sport gymnasium, health and well-being facilities, high-performance training facilities and a 200m indoor track. Six beach volleyball courts, a 400m track and field facility and an outdoor cycling and environmental sustainability centre will be located outside of the Sport and Abilities Centre.

From August 6 to 21, 2021, Canada Games Park will feature several different sport competitions and cultural celebrations. Spectators from near and far can enjoy wrestling, beach volleyball, athletics, lacrosse and mountain biking at the newly built Canada Games Park.

Canada Games Park represents a unique partnership between Niagara 2021 Canada Summer Games, Niagara Region, Brock University, City of St. Catharines and City of Thorold. After the 2021 Games, Canada Games Park will be open to the community and provide opportunities for all, regardless of age or physical ability.

Henley Rowing Centre

Niagara’s Henley Rowing Course is no stranger to competition. The course has hosted regional, provincial, national and international rowing competitions for more than 100 years, most recently being awarded the 2024 World Rowing Championships. 

The Henley Rowing Centre, situated in St. Catharines, will provide the Henley Rowing Course with essential off-water training and support facilities. To complement the world-class rowing course, the new facility will be accessible to all rowers and feature change rooms, medical rooms and training areas.

The Henley Rowing Centre will see plenty of action throughout and after the 2021 Canada Games for many years to come. In an effort to maximize sustainable design, the Henley Rowing Centre is targeted to be an ultra-efficient net-zero (zero energy), mass timber facility which will create more resource-efficient building operations.

With the Canada Games Park groundbreaking scheduled for November, the excitement for the 2021 Games continues to build. The construction of Canada Games Park and the Henley Rowing Centre brings us closer to welcoming 5000 participants and countless spectators to Niagara from August 6 to 21, 2021!

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