Planning well underway for 2023 Ontario Winter Games in Renfrew County

Planning is underway as Renfrew County prepares to welcome young athletes from across the province for the Ontario Winter Games in February 2023.

Originally scheduled for 2022, the games were postponed due to concerns over COVID-19. Now, with seven months to go until County Renfrew organizes the games, the Games Organizing Committee has been working hard behind the scenes to get everything right and make sure these are the best games ever!

Hosting these games in eight different communities in 18 different locations across the province is a huge undertaking. The committee expects to need between 800 and 1,000 volunteers to run the Games smoothly and efficiently. The committee will post specific features and capabilities on the website as early as September for people to sign up to volunteer, notes Games Manager Cindy Burwell.

“This is a great way to get involved and support the community, while also gaining work experience, meeting new people and having fun,” added Burwell.

The Ontario Winter Games, supported in part by the Province of Ontario, will attract approximately 2,200 athletes participating in 23 sports, in addition to 1,000 coaches, officials and managers who will support the Games. The Games are scheduled for February 2-5 and February 9-12, 2023.

One of the objectives of the games is to motivate and inspire young people to participate in sports. While few Renfrew County youth will compete in the Games, the hope is that seeing young athletes compete at this level will spark excitement among local youth.

“Our goal in hosting the Games is not only to provide an economic boost to the province, but also to give local youth the opportunity to see what’s possible, inspire them and encourage young people to get involved in sports” says Burwell.

At the June session of Renfrew County Council, Games Organizing Committee Chair Councilor Peter Emon introduced the Games legacy project, which includes creating a fund to make sport accessible to all in Renfrew County. Its goals are to increase participation in sports and foster a lifelong love of sports; developing more accessible infrastructure and sports programs and ultimately creating a healthier, happier society.

“Our community is eagerly awaiting the Ontario Winter Games of 2023 and we are going to deliver the best games ever,” said Chairman Emon. “We need your help to make our community shine. Sign up to volunteer, become a sponsor or donate to the legacy project. Help us show our community to the rest of Ontario.”

The Games Organizing Committee is working with the Government of Ontario, local municipalities and other partners to ensure that every athlete has the transportation, accommodation, food, competition, camaraderie and fun that multi-sport events of this magnitude provide. to have. While the province provides a significant amount of funding to fund these Games, the Committee needs additional support from sponsors, donors and the community.

“The impact of COVID-19 has been felt in all areas, and these Games are no exception. With inflation, supply chain issues, staffing issues and the direct cost of procrastination, we will need to raise a significant amount to cover our costs while leaving a significant legacy in the community,” added Burwell. “We count on local businesses and individuals to work with us to create the best games ever!”

The Ontario Winter Games began in 1970 and are held every two years. They have grown into the province’s largest multi-sport winter event. The Games are intended to provide a platform for the development of young amateur athletes and an opportunity to gain competitive experience. For some, the Ontario Winter Games is the path to national and international competition.

Anyone interested in volunteering can email For more information about the Games, including sponsorship opportunities, visit


Cindy Burwell Ontario Winter Games Manager 613-433-1037

Tina Peplinskie Media Relations Coordinator 613-735-7288

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