Expression of Interest to Host Legion Nationals

Event Overview

The Royal Canadian Legion has organized and coordinated the Legion National Youth Track and Field Championships in support of Canadian youth and our communities. This national championship gives young Canadians 17 and under a chance to compete against the best, develop confidence and better understand the diversity of other sports-minded youth across Canada. The Legion’s national youth athletics program has gone on to see former participants garner both international and Olympic success, including renowned athletes Melissa Bishop, Aaron Brown, Alysha Newman, Dylan Armstrong and Glenroy Gilbert. 

Hosting Legion Nationals offers a unique opportunity to showcase your community, while leaving an athletic legacy to promote your city as a national sporting destination for years to come.


2026 & 2027 Legion National Youth Track and Field Championships 

    The Royal Canadian Legion National Headquarters invites bids from municipalities interested in hosting the Legion National Youth Track and Field Championships in August of 2026 and 2027. 

    Please see the 2026 and 2027 Legion Nationals Bid Information for more details!

Event Summary

Submissions to host two consecutive years are preferred.

By the numbers (estimated):

  • 800 athletes
  • 200 coaches
  • 70 competition officials
  • 300 event volunteers
  • 1,000 family members and friends
  • 500 local spectators
  • A national online reach of 75,000

Host Organizing Committee Requirements

  • Minimum 1,500 seat stadium with 8-lane track that includes all necessary field event facilities
  • Secondary track or large field for warm-up adjacent to competition stadium
  • Dedicated internet connections for live streaming, live results, and attending media
  • School dormitory and cafeteria to house 400 subsidized athletes
  • Hotel beds for approximately 800+
  • Facilities for medical staff
  • Facilities for technical meeting and other meetings as necessary
  • Hall, auditorium or similar venue for briefing and to host a 430 person banquet
  • Transportation shuttle/service from meet hotels to competition stadium
  • Established partnership with a local Legion Branch to support hosting the Championships
  • Sufficient technical staff and volunteers available to stage the event
  • Ability to generate the funds to cover local associated costs

Bid Information

If you have any questions about The Royal Canadian Legion National Youth Track and Field Championships, please contact:

Steven Van Muyen
National Meet Coordinator
The Royal Canadian Legion - National Headquarters
T: 613-591-3335 x224


Economic Impact

2019 Legion Nationals Economic Impact Assessment Report | Key Findings


History of Host Cities 

2022              Sherbrooke, QC
2019               Cape Breton, NS
2017/2018      Brandon, MB
2015/2016      Sainte-Thérèse, QC
2013/2014      Langley, BC
2012               Charlottetown, PE
2010/2011      Ottawa, ON
2008/2009   Sherbrooke, QC
2007              Oromocto, NB

History of the Championships