Core Sport Policy - How Sports Qualify for the Games



The Core Sport policy guides the process for inclusion in the BC Summer and BC Winter Games.   

First established in May 1994,  each sport organization is given the opportunity to demonstrate how the BC Games fit into their sport development plans and how they use the Games as an integral part of their athlete, coach, and officials’ development models.   Each sport is granted inclusion into one Games and is evaluated against the Core Sport policy after the Games to determine their inclusion in the next Games.

The BC Games are an entry point to the performance pathway and are high profile competitive opportunities for Provincial Sport Organizations to incorporate into their Long Term Athlete/Player Development model.   The competition at the Games is generally in the higher end of the Learning to Train or lower end of the Training to Train stage for each sport.

Key principles for inclusion in the Games include province-wide participation, gender equity among participants (athletes, coaches, officials), competitive opportunities for athletes with a disability where the same level of opportunity for the same caliber of athletes is not available in other Games in BC, and are generally a one-time opportunity for all participants (a possible two-time experience for athletes with a disability). 

The following principles guide the decision on inclusion of sports in the Games:

  • Sports included in the BC Winter or BC Summer Games are evaluated after every Games prior to their status for the next BC Games being determined. 
  • All sports are compared to other sports included in the Games, as well as to new sports applying for inclusion. 
  • It is not the intention of the Core Sport application process to either expand or reduce the number of sports or participants in the BC Games.  The number of sports and the number of athletes allocated to each sport in the BC Winter and BC Summer Games are subject to the discretion of the BC Games Society.
  • Sports that best meet the criteria for Core Sport status will be given preference for inclusion in the BC Winter or BC Summer Games.

Refer to the links on the right for the policy and application process. The applications process for the 2020 Games is now open.

Questions about the Core Sport application process can be directed to




Application Process

The Core Sport application process for the 2020 BC Winter and BC Summer Games is now closed.  The application process for teh 2022 Games will be released in late fall of 2019.

The documents below are related to the process for the 2020 Games - updated documents for the 2022 process will be posted in the fall of 2019.     

The deadline for applications for the 2020 Games was February 16, 2018.  Sports in the 2020 Games have been announced based on the Core Sport Timeline (see link above).  Click here to see the sports in the 2020 Games.

Questions about the Core Sport application process can be directed to