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Mississauga is Ready to Host the Ontario Summer Games and You’re Invited!

Entertainment and activities | July 19, 2022

The 2022 Ontario Summer Games will roll into town this week and will include an Official Opening Ceremony and free concert featuring the MONOWHALES.

The opening ceremony will take place at Mississauga Celebration Square (MCS) this Thursday, July 21, 2022. All are welcome on the Square to cheer on the accomplished athletes and take part in the festivities.

The Opening Ceremony marks the start of a two-day athletic competition where approximately 3,500 participants ages 12 to 18 will compete in 16 different sports including archery, rugby and canoe kayak sprint. The opening ceremony will also feature live remarks from Mayor Bonnie Crombie, and The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and greetings from Gimaa (Chief) Stacey Laforme of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. The event will also include a traditional smudging by Kim Wheatley, Anishinaabe Ojibway Grandmother, and greetings from Games Co-Chairs, Janet Leung and Natalie Wideman – accomplished Olympians and Team Canada athletes. The evening will end with a headline performance by the MONOWHALES.

2022 Ontario Summer Games Opening Ceremony

Thursday, July 21, 2022

7 to 8 p.m.
Athletes parade
Welcoming remarks by Mayor Bonnie Crombie
Traditional smudging ceremony by Kim Wheatley, Anishinaabe Ojibway Grandmother
Remarks from The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
Greetings from Gimaa Stacey Laforme, Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation
Remarks from Parliamentary Assistant Sheref Sabawy on behalf of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport

8 to 8:20 p.m. 
Athletes’ oaths
Torch relay
Official lighting of the cauldron

8:20 to 8:40 p.m. 

Headlining performance by MONOWHALES

*Timing is approximate

Mississauga Celebration Square
300 City Centre Drive

Photo Opportunity:
Speakers and special guests will gather on the main stage at Mississauga Celebration Square at 8 p.m. for the official lighting of the cauldron.


For more information about the Ontario Summer Games, visit

About the Ontario Summer Games
Mississauga was originally named host city of the Ontario Summer Games in December 2019. The games takes place in Mississauga from July 21 to 24, 2022. Approximately 3,500 participants ages 12 to 18 from across Ontario will compete in 16 different sports. The Ontario Summer Games is supported by the Ontario Government, through its Games Ontario program. This program supports multi-sport events, including the Ontario Parasport Games, Ontario Winter Games for youth, the Ontario 55+ Summer and Winter Games. View sport schedules.


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