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Volunteer with us

Be a part of putting PEI on the podium.

Our volunteers are the lifeblood of the Canada Games. From scorekeepers and ushers, to bus drivers and broadcasters, it takes thousands of people working together to plan and support all the athletic and cultural events around the Games. Help inspire greatness in all Canadians and build a lasting legacy for generations to come. Join us in 2023 and share the spirit of Canadian sport!

Volunteer perks

Give your time, so they can shine.

  • Receive a four-piece Karbon Uniform Kit 
  • Gain experience in the sports and entertainment industries while representing Prince Edward Island on the national stage
  • Make lasting relationships with other volunteers and Host Society staff 
  • Receive a volunteer assignment that engages your skills, interests and experience
  • Help welcome the nation to Prince Edward Island
  • Complimentary usage of the T3 Transit system courtesy of Coach Atlantic Maritime Bus for all accredited participants and Games-time volunteers from February 18 - March 5, 2023
  • Receive an invitation to attend the volunteer recognition event after the Games to celebrate everyone’s hard work
Volunteer Roles

Learn more about the
different volunteer roles.

There are many different Games-time volunteer roles available with the 2023 Canada Winter Games. Click below to learn more about the different tasks in each functional area. 

Volunteer Roles
Volunteer Requirements

What you need to know.

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Games-time volunteer for the 2023 Canada Winter Games – February 18 to March 5, 2023.  We ask that you please read the following information carefully:

  • All volunteers must have completed a series of COVID-19 vaccinations that have been approved by Health Canada. (Documented proof will be required at a later date).
  • You must be 16 years or older by February 1st, 2023 in order to volunteer. Anyone under the age of 18 must submit a parental/guardian consent form in order to volunteer. 
  • You will be required to volunteer a minimum of 32 hours during the Games.
  • You will have the opportunity to select your top three preferences and although we will try our best to place you into a preferred volunteer role and location, there are no guarantees as we may have additional operational needs. 
  • We will be asking for your size of uniform in the application form. Please refer to the Uniform Sizing Chart.
  • Please note that all volunteers must apply through the application site even if you previously signed up for our newsletter.
  • Part of the Volunteer screening process may include completing a Criminal Record check and/or Vulnerable Sector Check. The requirements for Criminal Record checks are determined by the role assigned. Any costs associated with Criminal Record checks will be covered by the 2023 Canada Winter Games.
  • If you require assistance completing your application form email us at volunteers@2023canadagames.ca
  • For best functionality please use a laptop or PC to complete the application. It is recommended that you do not use a mobile device.
  • For more information please read our list of Frequently Asked Questions at the bottom of this page. 
Current Openings

Can’t wait? Apply for current pre-games planning volunteer roles.

Looking to get involved now? We are looking for volunteers to help with various events leading up to the Games. Please see the following list of current pre-games positions: 

Transportation Venue Representative
Open
Information / Apply
Media Relations Venue Representative
Open
Information / Apply
Information Technology Venue Representative
Open
Information / Apply
Food Services Representative
Open
Information / Apply
Medical Services Venue Representative
Open
Information / Apply
Volunteer Centre Ambassador
Open
Information / Apply
Mascot Performer
Open
Information / Apply
Mascot Handler Volunteers
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Volunteer CentreS

Come visit us at our Volunteer Centres, located in Summerside and Charlottetown, to learn more about volunteer opportunities, training, and the 2023 Canada Winter Games.

121B Sandstone Road
Charlottetown, PE
C1E 2E3
Canada
+1 888 620 2023
511 Notre Dame Sreet
Summerside, PE
C1N 1T2
Canada
Charlottetown Hours
Monday
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Saturday
Closed
Summerside Hours
Tuesday
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER EMPLOYERS

Community Champions

Organizations who supply more than 50 employees, or the equivalent of 1600 volunteer hours or more.

  • Province of PEI
  • City of Charlottetown
  • University of Prince Edward Island
  • Holland College
  • Veterans Affairs Canada

Community Supporters

Organizations who supply up to 50 employees, or the equivalent of 320-1600 volunteer hours.

  • Versatile Group
Volunteer FAQ
Can Island students use volunteer hours towards their Community Service Bursary?

Yes, Island students can use their volunteer hours towards their Community Service Bursary!

The Community Service Bursary, administered by Student Financial Assistance Services with the Department of Education & Lifelong Learning, is an award for PEI High School Students, Grade 10- Grade 12, who volunteer within their community. This bursary ranges from $300 to a maximum of $1,500 and will be sent directly to the students' post-secondary institution of choice. The bursary is calculated at a rate of $10 per volunteer hour with a minimum of 30 hours and a maximum of 150 hours.

Student registration for the bursary program takes place online here

Additional information about the program can also be found here

Do you have questions about how to complete your application form?

Please watch our step-by-step walk through on how to fill our your 2023 Canada Games volunteer application form.

What are the 2023 Canada Winter Games?

As a province known for its hospitality, we’re excited to welcome the 2023 Canada Winter Games to Prince Edward Island. From February 18 – March 5, 2023, the Games will bring together 3,600 athletes, managers, and coaches, across 20 different sports, for the largest multi-sport event in the country. With a forecasted economic impact of over $100 million, the 29th edition of the Canada Games will be the largest event hosted in Prince Edward Island’s history.

What sports will be part of the 2023 Canada Winter Games and where will they be held?

A complete list of sports that will be part of the 2023 Canada Winter Games are available here. Sports will be held at 17 venues across Prince Edward Island, with an additional two locations in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The complete list of venues are available here.

What types of volunteer roles are available with the Games?

There are three different types of volunteer roles available with the Games:

  1. Planning Volunteers: These are volunteers who help us in the planning phases leading up to the Games. 
  2. Volunteers at Pre-Games Events: These individuals will help drive awareness and excitement for the 2023 Canada Winter Games, at various events leading up to the Games. To see our current list of pre-games opportunities click here.
  3. Games-time Volunteers: These are individuals who will volunteer their time during the two weeks of competition from February 18 to March 5, 2023.
What is the difference between pre-Games and Games-time?

Pre-Games: The planning phases from now leading up to the Games in February 2023.

Games-time: The two weeks when the 2023 Canada Games will be held from February 18 to March 5, 2023.

What is the minimum time commitment for volunteering at the Games?

All volunteers that sign up for Games-time roles are expected to volunteer at least 32 hours from February 18 to March 5, 2023. This can be done all in one week or can be spread across the two weeks of the Games.

What types of volunteer positions are available for Games-time?

There are more than 150 unique volunteer roles available during Games-time that will support many areas including but not limited to; sport operations, transportation, ticketing, food services, event services, merchandise sales, etc.

When I apply to volunteer, will I be able to choose what venue I am stationed at?

When applying to be a volunteer, everyone will be given the opportunity to select their preferences for venue locations and their top three choices for volunteer roles. The 2023 Canada Winter Games Host Society will do their best to provide volunteers with a preferred role at their preferred venue.

I have a disability. Can I volunteer with the Games? Can I volunteer with my aid?

Yes and yes! We welcome people of all abilities to apply for a volunteer position with the Games, and we will work with you to determine how we can support you in your role. Please note, if you are volunteering with your aid/caregiver, they will also have to register as a Games-time volunteer.

Can I bring my service dog with me?

Yes! We welcome people of all abilities to apply for a volunteer role with the Games and we will work with you to determine how we can support you in your role.

What is the language requirement to be a volunteer with the Games?

The 2023 Canada Winter Games will be hosted in both of Canada’s Official Languages - English and French. Therefore, we will be recruiting English and French speaking volunteers. Applicants who indicate French language capability on their application will be required to demonstrate proficiency through a language proficiency screening process.

Can children volunteer with the Games?

Yes, 2023 Canada Winter Games volunteers must be at least 16 years of age by February 1st, 2023. Those between the ages of 16 and 18 years are required to complete a parent/guardian consent form during their screening process.

Can high school aged volunteers receive volunteer hours as part of their requirements under the Community Service Bursary or Duke of Edinburgh?

Yes, the 2023 Canada Games Host Society will support this process for high school students to obtain their volunteer hours as a part of their requirements under the Community Service Bursary or Duke of Edinburgh. Please note, volunteers for the 2023 Canada Winter Games must be at least 16 years of age by February 1st, 2023. Those between the ages of 16 and 18 years are required to complete a parent/guardian consent form during their screening process.

How long are volunteer shifts during the day?

An average volunteer shift is between four and eight hours. Shifts will depend on sport and venue schedules and will vary for each volunteer position. For example, an usher may need to start their shift 30 minutes before the venue opens to the public, while a medical volunteer may be required to start their shift 30 minutes before the competition begins.

Will volunteers receive training?

All 2023 Canada Winter Games Volunteers will receive general Games orientation and role/venue specific training if they are selected prior to the start of the Games.


Will volunteers receive/need to wear a uniform?

Yes, all Games-time volunteers will receive a high-quality complimentary uniform that will be handed out, along with an accreditation badge, closer to Games-time. The uniform will consist of a winter jacket, long-sleeved shirt, mid-layer full zip jacket, and toque. Volunteers working at outdoor events will need to ensure they are prepared for all weather conditions and dress accordingly. Volunteers will need to wear black snow pants when working outside. These will not be provided by the Games.

I live outside of PEI, can I still volunteer?

Yes! Please note: All Games-time volunteers will be required to register online and are responsible for their own transportation and accommodation arrangements.

I live outside of Canada. Can I still volunteer during the Games?

Yes! Please note: All volunteers will be required to register online and are responsible for their own transportation and accommodation arrangements. Priority will be given to those living and working in Canada and have legal status in Canada. The 2023 Canada Winter Games Host Society will not provide letters of support to individuals outside of Canada needing to apply for travel permits.

If I live in PEI, can I volunteer at the venues located in NS and NB?

Yes! Please note: volunteers are responsible for arranging their own transportation and accommodations.

I do not drive. Can I still volunteer?

Yes! Please note: volunteers are responsible for their own transportation arrangements.

Are volunteers required to find their own transportation to/from their shifts?

Yes, volunteers are responsible for their own transportation to and from their shifts.

Do you have group volunteering opportunities available with the Games?

Yes, we do. Please get in touch with us at: volunteers@2023canadagames.ca to discuss group volunteering opportunities with the Games.

Where is the best place to get information?

The 2023 Canada Winter Games website and social media channels will always have the most comprehensive and up-to-date information on getting involved with the Games. Visit www.2023canadagames.ca and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

To stay up to date on events and information from the 2023 Canada Winter Games, sign up for our mailing list here. Be sure to use an email address that you regularly use and check your junk mail. When you receive an email, mark it as “safe” to receive more updates from the 2023 Canada Games in your inbox.

Are vaccines mandatory for volunteers?

Yes, in response to the provincial government and local public health directives, the Canada Games Council has implemented a mandatory vaccine policy for all staff and volunteers. Proof of full vaccination must be provided prior to working or volunteering with the 2023 Canada Winter Games. Details will be shared through the volunteer application site. Exemptions will be considered based on provincial guidelines and with appropriate documentation.

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