The purpose of the BC Games can be captured in a single phrase:
"To provide an opportunity for the development of athletes, coaches, and officials in preparation for higher levels of competition in a multi-sport event which promotes interest and participation in sport and sporting activities, individual achievement, and community development."
Since 1978, the BC Games Society has been staging the BC Summer and BC Winter Games. These two events are British Columbia’s largest multi-sport events. The Society’s mandate is to provide event management services to host committees in the areas of administrative support, Games marketing, volunteer management, contract management, and financial administration. The scope of the BC Games Society management was broadened in 1994 to inlcude the BC Seniors Games, the Northern BC Winter Games, and the BC Disability Games.
The BC Games are funded by the provincial government, as well as through corporate partnerships and self-generated revenue. The current contribution ratio is approximately 20% self-generated and 80% provincial government. Corporate funding is provided on an ongoing basis from the BC Games’ Corporate Partners and from local Friends of the Games that are recruited in each Host Community. Public funding is provided by the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development.
The BC Games Society operates on an annual budget of $2.5 million. This includes $2 million in cash and $185,000 in-kind services. From these totals, the Society operates an office in Victoria with nine salaried employees. Also note that $500,000-$700,000, depending upon location, of the Society’s annual budget is spent on the transportation of participants to and from the BC Games. A large portion of BC Games Society budget is distributed to the Host Communities staging the Games ($525,000 for BC Winter Games and $600,000 for BC Summer Games). The Host Community’s diligence in raising "Friends of Games" sponsorship helps the community meet their expenses, over and above the BC Games Society’s contribution, and generate surplus revenue used for post-Games legacies.
The BC Games Society is committed to providing a sport, work, and volunteer environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity. Each individual has the right to participate and work in an environment which promotes equal opportunities and prohibits discriminatory practices. The BC Games Society has a harassment policy which all participants are expected to abide by. Harassment will not be tolerated. A copy of the policy can be obtained from the BC Games Society office.