More than 700 volunteers will be required to assist with the upcoming Ontario Winter Games, Ontario’s largest multi-sport event, from February 15 – 23 in and around Thunder Bay.

The Games will take place at multiple sporting venues and include 22 events ranging from five-pin bowling to cross country skiing, from fencing to wushu. The event will feature 2,200 participants (athletes, coaches, and officials), with most athletes’ ages ranging from 12 to 18 years old.

“Volunteers will play a pivotal role in ensuring this incredible event is a success for the athletes, our city and our region as a whole,” said Kathleen Jones, Tbaytel Vice President of Sales, Marketing & Communication. “As the volunteer sponsor, we at Tbaytel share in the pride of the athletes, coaches, local sponsors and volunteers. Our sincere thanks to the organizing committee and everyone involved in making Thunder Bay the home of the 2024 Ontario Winter Games.”

Volunteer roles for the games will range from accreditation, security, sport and event operations, transportation, and opening ceremonies. Other volunteer examples may be in food services - assisting with the delivery of meals, administration - running the registration area, sports, etc.

The online volunteer application will be available on the Games website on Friday, Sept. 15. The deadline to apply to volunteer is November 30.

"With the unwavering support of our community and the dedication of our volunteers, we look forward to showcasing the spirit of sportsmanship and athletic excellence that defines the Ontario Winter Games,” said Barry Streib, Co-Chair, Games Organizing Committee. “It’s a big deal for our community to host a major event like this,” added Streib. “We always rise up to the challenge, and this is our chance to show the province that our commitment and hospitality is second to none.”

As a showcase of amateur sport in Ontario, the Games provide top young athletes with development and competitive opportunities to prepare them for national and international competition.

The Ontario Winter Games were first delivered in 1970 by the City of Etobicoke, and last held in Thunder Bay in 1974.

For more information, visit the new, official 2024 Ontario Winter Games website at: or find us on facebook and Instagram @tbaygames2024


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Contact:       Stacey Levanen, Chair – Marketing & Communications Committee, 2024 Ontario Winter Games, 807-625-3650