Special Olympics Ontario

This page contains a list of common questions that are asked about Special Olympics Ontario.

We are constantly updating our list of frequently asked questions so please check here first for answers to your questions.

Are there differences between Special Olympics and Paralympics?

Yes, Special Olympics and the Paralympics are two separate and distinct organizations with specific eligibility requirements.

How often are games held?

PROVINCIAL GAMES – Provincial Games are held on a 4 year rotating basis games three of every four years. Athletes must compete at the official Regional Qualifying Competition in order to qualify to attend Provincial Games. Athletes who compete at Provincial Competitions may qualify to advance to National Games. Check Special Olympics Ontario’s Policy and Procedure Manual for the Provincial Athlete Selection Criteria.

NATIONAL GAMES – National Winter and Summer Games are held every two years, on a rotating basis.

WORLD GAMES – World Winter and Summer Games are held every two years on a rotating basis.

What is the Special Olympics Athlete Oath?

“Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”

What year was Special Olympics Ontario established?

November 1979.

Can I request a copy of the audited financial statements of the charity?

Yes, click here to download a copy of the latest audited financial statement.

Is Special Olympics Ontario a registered charity?

Yes, Special Olympics is a registered charitable organization in good standing with Canada Revenue Agency. Its registered Canadian charitable number is: 11906 8435 RR0001. The latest filing of Special Olympics Ontario’s T3010 (registered charity information return) is available at www.cra.gc.ca.