Rio 2016

Team Canada at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

Canada is expected to send a team of approximately 170 to 200 athletes, participating in 18 to 21 sports.

With all 15 sports contested at the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games (August 7 to 15, 2015) also qualifiers for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, Toronto will showcase the best athletes in the Americas and the Caribbean. The road to Rio goes through Toronto!

Qualification for Rio is ongoing and will be finalized in summer 2016.

Chef de Mission & Assistant Chef de mission

Five-time Paralympian Chantal Petitclerc (Montreal, Que.) has been named Team Canada’s Chef de Mission for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Click here to read about Chantal.

Norm O'Reilly has been named Team Canada’s Assistant Chef de Mission for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games and will support the leadership provided by Chef de Mission Chantal Petitclerc. Click here to read more about Norm O'Reilly.

Team Canada Preparations for Rio

Through several site visits, the Canadian Paralympic Committee has established a strong working relationship with the Rio Organizing Committees, bringing back extensive information to guide the Games preparation for both CPC and our member sports.

The majority of podium potential Canadian summer athletes will have the opportunity to compete at test events and many national sport organizations have already completed a Rio familiarization trip. 


Rio 2016 Facts

Source: International Paralympic Committee

The Rio 2016 Paralympic Games will be held September 7 to 18, 2016.

Around 4,350 athletes from more than 160 countries will travel to Rio to compete in 526 medal events in 22 different sports.

Of the total number of athletes set to take part, approximately 1,650 will be women - a 9.9 per cent increase on London 2012 and more than double the 790 who took part in the Atlanta 1996 Games. They will compete in 224 medal events, equating to 43 per cent of all medal events and a 12 per cent increase on London, with athletics, cycling and swimming providing additional events for women.

Para-canoe and para-triathlon will be included in the Games for the first time in Rio and each sport will stage six medal events – evenly split between male and female athletes – while the existing 20 summer sports will feature no less medal events than in London.

The Rio 2016 Organizing Committee commits itself to "deliver excellent Games, with memorable celebrations that will promote the global image of Brazil, underpinned by social and urban sustainable transformation through sport, contributing to the growth of the Olympic and Paralympic Movements."

Rio 2016 is also making an effort in improving accessibility standards throughout the city. Until 2016 the aim is that all public transportation systems in the city of Rio de Janeiro will be offering full accessibility, and the accessibility standards of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) will be enforced in all new hotels built in the city, with the purpose of encompassing at least 1 per cent of all rooms available in Rio de Janeiro.

Sports to be contested at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games:

  • Archery
  • Athletics
  • Boccia
  • Canoe
  • Cycling (Track and Road)
  • Equestrian
  • Football 5-a-side
  • Football 7-a-side
  • Goalball
  • Judo
  • Powerlifting
  • Rowing
  • Sailing
  • Shooting
  • Swimming
  • Table Tennis
  • Triathlon
  • Volleyball (Sitting)
  • Wheelchair Basketball
  • Wheelchair Fencing
  • Wheelchair Rugby
  • Wheelchair Tennis