Canada's Sports Hall of Fame is a charitable organization. Charitable Registration # 118828631 RR0001
Canada's Sports Hall of Fame is a registered charitable organization and has been a vital cultural institution in Canada for more than 65 years. As Canada's only national museum of sport, the organization's focus is on recognition, education, curation and thought leadership with an emphasis on educating youth on the values, history and culture of sport in this country. These four pillars help to support and celebrate Canada's sport heroes who have reached the pinnacle of their careers and are going "beyond the win" and making monumental contributions to our society.
Nearly 700 Hall of Famers have been inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame since its establishment in 1955 and as of 2019, the Order of Sport, Canada's highest sporting honour, is awarded as part of Induction to Canada's top athletes and builders for their ongoing role in building Canada through the transformative power of sport.
To recognize and cherish Canadians who have achieved the highest level of sporting accomplishment and who have the passion and purpose to go beyond their success, educating all Canadians on the value, history, and culture of sport in this country.
Building Canada through the Transformative Power of Sport.
- We recognize the highest level of sporting accomplishment with the Order of Sport honour.
- We celebrate diversity, inclusion, accessibility and reconciliation.
- We are community builders.
- We celebrate competitive spirit converted into community spirit.
- We connect sport + social purpose.
- We educate all Canadians on the values, history, and culture of sport.
The story of a national hall of fame devoted entirely to Canada’s sporting history started with the efforts of one man, Harry Price. In 1947, as chairman of the Sports Committee for the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE), he traveled across the country trying to enlist support to build a museum dedicated to Canadian athletes past and present; a place to celebrate the many achievements by Canadian athletes in the world of sports. Eight years later it was announced that the Stanley Barracks at the CNE grounds in Toronto would be home for Canada's Sports Hall of Fame. The opening ceremonies took place on August 24, 1955 and featured the symbolic lighting of a flame that became the central image for Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame’s logo.
When the Hockey Hall of Fame came on the scene in 1957, the two Halls joined forces and Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame relocated to the Administration Building/Press Building on CNE grounds. The two organizations co-habited this facility until the Hockey Hall of Fame moved in 1993 to its new location in Brookfield Place, downtown, Toronto, ON. After the Hockey Hall of Fame moved, Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame closed and the prized collection of sport stories and artefacts was put in storage at the Stanley Barracks.
In 2008, Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame Board of Governors launched a national bid process to rejuvenate and grow Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame – to find a new home. Nine cities bid on this opportunity and Calgary was declared the successful city. Only a few months later, all three levels of government committed to fund the construction of a 40,000 square foot facility that would be built on the west side of Canada Olympic Park in Calgary.
The new Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame building opened July 1, 2011 – offering 40,000 square feet of space dedicated to preserving and celebrating Canada’s impressive and inspiring sport history. Inside the new building, visitors are able to visit 12 galleries, experience dozens of interactive visitor experiences, watch an 11-minute feature film highlighting great sport moments in the 125-seat Riddell Family Theatre, and learn about Canada’s sporting traditions and artefact, video and photo collections in the Education and Resource Centre. School programs are offered to local schools and a Virtual Distance Learning Program is being developed for students and communities across Canada to ensure all citizens can experience this national treasure.
Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame is an international award winning 40,000 square foot building with state-of-the-art technology which helps us to share the stories of Canada's greatest sport heroes.