• David Eng leads Canada into the Maracana stadium during the Rio 2016 Opening Ceremonies.  Photo: Scott Grant
  • Josh Cassidy competes in the Men's 5000m during the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.  Photo: Matthew Murnaghan
  • Michelle Stilwell wins the Women's 400m Final with a new Paralympic record during the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.  Photo: Matthew Murnaghan
  • Aurélie Rivard won the gold medal in the women's 50m finals at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio.  Photo: Scott Grant
  • Canada defeated Japan to win the bronze medal in Wheelchair Rugby Mixed at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio.  Photo: Matthew Murnaghan
  • Mark Ideson, Sonja Gaudet, Dennis Thiessen, Ina Forrest and Jim Armstrong receive their gold medals after defeating Russia in the Gold Medal Wheelchair Curling match at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. Photo Matthew Murnaghan
  • Brian McKeever and his guide Erik Carleton receive their gold medal for Cross Country Skiing Men's 10km Free Visually Impaired at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. Photo Matthew Murnaghan
  • Promotional campaign of the Canadian Paralympic Team for Sochi 2014. Canadian Paralympic Committee
  • Michelle Salt and Josh Dueck during the celebration of excellence at Ronald MacDonald House Ottawa. Photo Matthew Murnaghan
  • Mark Ideson and Dennis Thiessen visiting children during the Celebration of Excellence Heroes Tour visit to the Alberta Children's Hospital. Photo Matthew Murnaghan

BY THE NUMBERS

Over 4,000 athletes, from more than 170 member nations of the International Paralympic Committee, are competing in the first edition of the Paralympic Games ever to be held in South America, in Rio de Janeiro

22 Paralympic sports are being contested in Rio

Over the course of 11 days of competition, 528 events will yield 225 medals for women, 265 for men and 38 mixed medals

In 1968, Canada participated in its first Paralympic Games in Tel Aviv, Israel

Canadian Paralympic Committee

Community Development

Enabling Athletes to Reach the Podium

Its goal is quite simply to make Canada the leading Paralympic nation on earth. The Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) is a non-profit, private organization with 25 member sports organizations. For more than 30 years, the CPC has led the development of a sustainable Paralympic sport system in Canada to enable athletes to reach the podium at the Paralympic Games, and to encourage all Canadians with a disability to become involved in sports.

“When our athletes with a disability find international success at Paralympic Games, it inspires all Canadians with a disability to become involved in sports and reach their individual potential,” said François Robert, Executive Director, Partnerships, Canadian Paralympic Committee.

Paralympic Pioneer: Dr. Robert Jackson

The CPC traces its roots back to Toronto orthopedic surgeon Dr. Robert Jackson who was instrumental in having Canada compete in the Paralympic Games for the first time in 1968 when the event was held in Tel Aviv, Israel. Dr. Jackson later became the President of the Canadian Wheelchair Basketball Association and the founder of the Canadian Paralympic Committee.

Over the years, more sports and more athletes with differing disabilities expanded the scope of the CPC. Today, the Association works with 38 parasports in Canada – 31 summer and seven winter sports. 28 of these parasports are part of the Winter or Summer Paralympic Games giving them the special distinction of being a Paralympic sport.

“Support from government and donors such as Power Corporation is critical to the operation of the Canadian Paralympic Committee and is helping us reach our goal of making Canada the leading Paralympic nation in the world,” said Mr. Robert.

Prior to the Sochi Games, the Committee launched an advertising campaign to raise awareness of the Paralympic Games and Canada’s presence there. The slogan for the campaign, which features a number of Paralympic athletes, is “It’s not what’s missing, it’s what’s there.”


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