Ottawa will be home to Canada's best skaters for a week, early next year, as it's been named host of the 2022 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships.
Skate Canada says the championships will be held at TD Place from January 6-13, 2022, and will feature approximately 250 of the best Canadian figure skaters in the men, women, pairs and ice dance disciplines, competing in three levels: senior, junior, and novice.
"After a challenging competitive season in 2020-21, we are looking forward to a brighter and prosperous season," says Debra Armstrong, CEO, Skate Canada. "The national championships will showcase the nation's top figure skaters and we look forward to working with our partners in Ottawa to host an unforgettable event."
The championships are part of the qualification criteria in selecting the Canadian team that will compete at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing, China.
The pre-eminent all-Canadian competition will begin with the senior event on Thursday, January 6. The novice event will begin on Monday, January 10.
"After a long, brutal period of time without the being able to share the emotions that come with live sports, getting these marquee events back on the calendar gives us all a sense of optimism and excitement, " says Mark Goudie, CEO of the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group.
"Large scale sporting events like the Canadian Tire National Skating Championships are not only important to boosting our local economy, but also give Ottawa the opportunity to emerge from these unprecedented times with enhanced exposure on the national stage," adds Michael Crockatt, President and CEO, Ottawa Tourism.
This will be Ottawa's twelfth time hosting the Canadian Tire National Skating Championships. Previously, Ottawa has hosted the event in 1922, 1940, 1949, 1953, 1958, 1987, 1996, 1999, 2006, 2014, and 2017.
Ticket information for the event will be released in the spring.