The Ontario 55+ Games
The Ontario 55+ Games is a celebration of active living hosted every year (alternating between Winter and Summer) for individuals in Ontario who are 55 years of age or older. The Ontario 55+ Summer Games, first held in Kitchener in 1986, are hosted on even numbered years and bring together approximately 1,400 participants in August. The Ontario 55+ Winter Games, first held in Collingwood in 2000, are hosted on odd numbered years and are held in February with approximately 1,000 participants..
The Games Ontario Program is operated under the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, as part of its efforts to support amateur sport, physical activity and community development in the province. The 55+ Games are delivered in partnership with OSGA 55+.
Mississauga and the Games
The 2018 Ontario 55+ Summer Games are coming to Mississauga for the first time. Participants will “Stay and Play” in Mississauga with all competitions being held in Mississauga.
Mississauga was chosen for its premiere sport venues, ease of access, experienced planners, enthusiastic volunteers and willingness to work with all levels of government to achieve success.
The City of Mississauga recently hosted the 2016 Ontario Summer Games that took place August 11 to 14, 2016. More than 4,000 athletes, coaches, managers and major officials participated in more than 32 different sport events.
The City will be hosting a number of public celebrations and promotional activities to support the Games.
Mississauga has a track record for hosting a wide range of sports and culture events and boasts access to a sponsorship and volunteer base. Through the Ontario 55+ Summer Games, the city will be known for its commitment to the celebration, promotion and development of sports events, facilities, organizations and competencies. Mississauga will continue in its tradition and will stage an outstanding and memorable Games experience for all who travel and visit our vibrant city.
Mississauga will have a dynamic and collaborative sport system that enables all residents to enjoy sport to the extent of their interests and abilities. Mississauga will be known for its commitment to the celebration, promotion and development of sports events, facilities, participants and organizations.
Meet Pachi - Games Ontario Mascot
Pachi is a legacy of the incredibly successful TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games. The wildly popular mascot was created by four grade 8 students from Markham who entered the nationwide TORONTO 2015 Mascot Creation Challenge that drew 4,130 submissions from more than 15,000 kids, parents and teachers.
Pachi, like other porcupines, has a visual impairment and difficulty seeing objects that are far away. Understanding and working around that limitation helps him connect to people of all abilities.
Pachi is popular! In connection with the TORONTO 2015 Games, Pachi visited 424 schools, attended more than 1,300 events, made over 2,300 appearances and had over 366,000 interactions with people. And, more than 100,000 Pachi plushies were sold, accounting for nearly 30% of all Games merchandise sales.
Pachi and Mississauga 2016 Ontario Summer Games
Pachi is head cheerleader of the Mississauga 2016 Ontario Summer Games. Watch out for Pachi around Mississauga leading up to the Games and at the sports venues during the Games.
Pachi’s Team Ontario job comes with the Team Ontario look. His white hat and wristbands feature the Games Ontario logo, modelled on the iconic Ontario trillium and highlighted with coloured ripples of red, green, and blue:
- Red represents "inspiration" and it’s Team Ontario’s official colour
- Green represents "opportunity"
- Blue represents "community"
And, Pachi’s distinctive quills match the logo.