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Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) is the national governing body of university sport in Canada, comprising the majority of degree granting universities in the country. Its equivalent body for organized sports at colleges in Canada is The Canadian Colleges Athletic Association (or CCAA). Some institutions are members of both bodies for different sports.

The Canadian Interuniversity Sport's name in French is Sport interuniversitaire canadien (SIC). Founded in 1906 as the Canadian Interuniversity Athletics Union (CIAU), it changed its name to CIS in June 2001.

Clint Hamilton will succeed Dick White as president following the 2009 AGM. The 52nd member of the CIS is University of Ontario Institute of Technology.[1]


Sanctioned sports

Men's Women's
Cross-country running
Field hockey
Ice hockey
Rugby union
Track & Field

Other sports, like lacrosse and baseball, are likely to be considered for additions to the CIS roster in the future

Athletic funding

The CIS member institutions do not offer athletic scholarships; although, universities do provide partial athletic awards, as well as academic scholarships and needs-based grants for athletes who have to forgo part-time employment to participate. In a CIS study for the 2002-2003 academic year, across all sports, the average award per student athlete was $522.00 for men and $311.00 for women. The highest average was for male ice hockey players, getting $1,108.00 annually[2]

Increasingly, CIS schools are offering booster-support programs, where alumni, parents and/or corporations can donate money to a targeted fund especially designed to off-set a student-athlete's tuition and living costs. The University of Windsor has an Adopt-A-Lancer program,[3] for example. The CIS has no regulations regarding how much each school can provide to teams through private support. The Université Laval's Rouge et Or football team, winner of the last 4 of 8 Vanier Cups, is so successful fund raising, the team trains in Florida during the spring.[4]

NCAA institutions can offer full and partial- depending upon the sport- athletic scholarships which cover the cost of books, tuition, housing and travel. Therefore, many of the best high school level athletes in Canada continue their careers in the United States, where their education is paid for.[5]

Canadian Hockey League teams offer financial support for their graduates - who attend school within two years of playing major junior - who choose to play for a CIS school after graduating from major junior hockey. Hockey players who play in the CHL are ineligible for NCAA athletic scholarships, although many attend a CHL training camp. However, they can only stay a max of 48 hours and can not dress in any games.



There are 52 member Universities in CIS.[6]

The 52 member universities of CIS are currently organized into the four following regional associations. In some of these sports, these associations are sometimes referred to as conferences.

Institution Team City Province Founded Affiliation Enrollment Endowment Membership Division
University of British Columbia Thunderbirds Vancouver BC 1908 Public 43,579 $1.01B CWUAA Pacific
Trinity Western University Spartans Langley BC 1962 Private-Christian 2,700 --- CWUAA Pacific
University of Victoria Vikes Victoria BC 1903 Public 19,500 $155.4M CWUAA Pacific
Simon Fraser University Clan Burnaby BC 1965 Public 28,207 $176.9M CWUAA Pacific
University of the Fraser Valley Cascades Abbotsford BC 1974 Public 21,500 --- CWUAA Pacific
Thompson Rivers University WolfPack Kamloops BC 1970 Public 13,072 --- CWUAA Pacific
University of Calgary Dinos Calgary AB 1966 Public 28,196 $444M CWUAA Central
University of Alberta Golden Bears Edmonton AB 1908 Public 36,435 $751M CWUAA Central
University of Saskatchewan Huskies Saskatoon SK 1907 Public 19,082 $136.7M CWUAA Central
University of Lethbridge Pronghorns Lethbridge AB 1907 Public 8,765 $24.5M CWUAA Central
Brandon University Bobcats Brandon MB 1890 Public 3383 --- CWUAA Great Plains
University of Regina Rams, Cougars Regina SK 1911 Public 12,800 $25.9M CWUAA Great Plains
University of Winnipeg Wesmen Winnipeg MB 1871 Public 9,219 --- CWUAA Great Plains
University of Manitoba Bisons Winnipeg MB 1877 Public 27,599 $303M CWUAA Great Plains
Carleton University Ravens Ottawa ON 1942 Public 25,262 $230M OUA East
University of Ottawa Gee-Gees Ottawa ON 1848 Public 35,548 $128.4M OUA East
University of Toronto Varsity Blues Toronto ON 1827 Public 73,185 $1.823B OUA East
Ryerson University Rams Toronto ON 1948 Public 24,000 --- OUA East
Queen's University Gaels Kingston ON 1841 Public 20,566 $657M OUA East
York University Lions Toronto ON 1959 Public 42,400 $306M OUA East
Laurentian University Voyageurs Sudbury ON 1960 Public 7758 $143M OUA East
Royal Military College of Canada Paladins Kingston ON 1876 Public 900[7] * OUA East
Trent University Excalibur Peterborough ON 1964 Public 7160 $21.2M OUA East
Nipissing University Lakers North Bay ON 1909 Public 6300 --- OUA East
University of Ontario Institute of Technology Ridgebacks Oshawa ON 2003 Public 5000 --- OUA East
University of Western Ontario Mustangs London ON 1878 Public 30,000 $266.6M OUA West
University of Windsor Lancers Windsor ON 1857 Public 13,496 $32.5M OUA West
McMaster University Marauders Hamilton ON 1887 Public 25,688 $498.5M OUA West
University of Guelph Gryphons Guelph ON 1964 Public 19,408 $164.2M OUA West
University of Waterloo Warriors Waterloo ON 1957 Public 27,978 $172M OUA West
Wilfrid Laurier University Golden Hawks Waterloo ON 1911 Public 12,394 --- OUA West
Brock University Badgers St. Catharines ON 1964 Public 17,000
--- OUA West
Lakehead University Thunderwolves Thunder Bay ON 1946 Public 8050 $32.1M OUA West
Concordia University Stingers Montreal QC 1896 Public 38,809 $54.4M QSSF ---
Université Laval Rouge-et-Or Quebec City QC 1663 Public 37,591 $105.3M QSSF ---
Université du Québec à Montréal Citadins Montreal QC 1969 Public 39,235 --- QSSF ---
McGill University Redmen Montreal QC 1821 Public 32,514 $973.6M QSSF ---
Bishop's University Gaiters Sherbrooke QC 1843 Public 1817 --- QSSF ---
Université de Montréal Carabins Montreal QC 1878 Public 55,540 $89.5M QSSF ---
Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières Patriotes Trois-Rivières QC 1969 Public 10,000 --- QSSF ---
Université de Sherbrooke Vert-et-Or Sherbrooke QC 1954 Public 35,000 --- QSSF ---
Acadia University Axemen Wolfville NS 1838 Public 3000 $40M AUS ---
Cape Breton University Capers Sydney NS 2005 Public 3500 $6.1M AUS ---
Dalhousie University Tigers Halifax NS 1818 Public 15,520 $337.7M AUS ---
Memorial University of Newfoundland Sea-Hawks St. John's NL 1925 Public 17,000+ $56M AUS ---
Mount Allison University Mounties Sackville NB 1839 Public 2200 $82.8M AUS ---
Université de Moncton Aigles Bleu Moncton NB 1864 Public 4187 --- AUS ---
University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds Fredericton NB 1785 Public 9000 --- AUS ---
University of Prince Edward Island Panthers Charlottetown PEI 1969 Public 4000 --- AUS ---
Saint Mary's University Huskies Halifax NS 1802 Public 8800 $16.9M AUS ---
St. Francis Xavier University X-Men Antigonish NS 1853 Public 4894 $59.4M AUS ---
St. Thomas University Tommies Fredericton NB 1910 Public 2633 --- AUS ---
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In sports with heavy university participation, like basketball, some of the conferences have divisions. CWUAA has 3 divisions: Pacific, Great Plains, and Central; OAU has two: West and East.

The CIS basketball teams are organized in the following way:


The 27 CIS universities that play football are organized in the following way:


Atlantic University Sport

The AUS's Canadian football conference is generally referred to as the Atlantic University Football Conference. The Jewett Trophy is awarded to the championship football team from the AUS. From 1956 to 2001, the AUS has also hosted the Atlantic Bowl, one of the two national semifinal bowl games.

Quebec Student Sports Federation

The QSSF's Canadian football conference is named since 2004 Quebec University Football League. The Dunsmore Cup is awarded to the championship football team from Quebec.

Ontario University Athletics

The Yates Cup is awarded to the championship Canadian football team from Ontario.

Canada West Universities Athletic Association

The CWUAA's Canadian football conference is generally referred to as the Canada West Football Conference. The Hardy Trophy is awarded to the championship football team from Canada West.

CIS football players in the professional leagues

As of 2007, there were a record 120 CIS football players on the rosters of Canadian Football League teams. [2]

As of 2006, the CIS had produced 23 players who have earned a spot on an NFL roster (including three who did not play a regular season game).

Men's Soccer

41 of the 52 member schools participated in the 2007 Men's Soccer season. The CIS has been a stepping stone for some national team players like Pat Onstad,

See also

Notes and references

  1. ^ "Sports Digest". Daily Gleaner. 2008-06-21. Retrieved 2008-06-22. 
  2. ^ . Canadian Interuniversity Sport. "CIS Announces Results of Data Collection on Athletic Awards" and "Sport by Sport Comparison - 2002-2003". (accessed 9 April 2007).
  3. ^ Lancer Sports News. University of Windsor (website). "Lancer Football Introduces Touchdown Club" accessed 9 April 2007)
  4. ^ CBC News. Laval's team was profiled during their training camp in Florida. Broadcast before Vanier Cup 2006.
  5. ^ Places Rated Almanac, by Savageau and Boyer, 1999
  6. ^ CIS Membership list
  7. ^

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