Vanier Cup

Ontario Quebec Alberta
Vanier Cup
SportCanadian football
LeagueU Sports football
Given forWinning the U Sports football championship
First award1965
First winnerToronto Varsity Blues
Most winsLaval Rouge et Or (10)
Most recentCalgary Dinos

The Vanier Cup (French: Coupe Vanier) is the championship of Canadian university football. It is organized by U Sports football and is currently played between the winners of the Uteck Bowl and the Mitchell Bowl. It is named after Georges Vanier, the former Governor General of Canada and was first awarded in 1965 to the winner of an invitational event contested between two teams that were selected by a panel. In 1967, the trophy was declared the official "CIAU National Football Championship" and a playoff system was instituted. From its creation until 1982, it was known as the Canadian College Bowl. The game typically occurs in late November, although it is occasionally played in December.

The Laval Rouge et Or have won the most Vanier Cups (10), while the Western Mustangs have the most appearances (14). Seventeen teams have won the Vanier Cup, while three others have played for the championship but never won. There are seven active teams that have never appeared in the championship game. The 55th Vanier Cup was played on November 23, 2019 at Stade Telus in Quebec City. The Calgary Dinos defeated the Montreal Carabins 27-13 to win their fifth championship.


The Vanier Cup was created in 1965 as the championship trophy of the Canadian College Bowl. For the first two years of competition, the Canadian College Bowl was an invitational event, with a national panel selecting two teams to play, similar to other U.S. collegiate bowl games. In 1967, the Canadian College Bowl was declared the national football championship of the Canadian Intercollegiate Athletic Union, later Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) and now U Sports, with a playoff system determining the two participants.[1]

The Vanier Cup was played in Toronto, Ontario, from its inception in 1965 through 2003. However, after the CIS opened the game to host conference bids in 2001, the possibility arose to have games held outside Toronto. As of 2016, 41 of the 52 Vanier Cups have been played in Toronto, five in Québec City, four in Hamilton, one in Saskatoon, one in Vancouver and one in Montréal. No games have been staged in the Atlantic region. Four times, the game has been played in the same city and during the same weekend as the Grey Cup: 1973, 2007 and 2012 in Toronto [2] and in 2011 in Vancouver at BC Place Stadium.

From left to right, The Ted Morris Trophy, Vanier Cup and Bruce Coulter Trophy at the 2009 Vanier Cup at PEPS Stadium in Quebec City.

The Vanier Cup is played between the winners of the Uteck Bowl (formerly Atlantic Bowl) and the Mitchell Bowl (formerly the Churchill Bowl). The Uteck and Mitchell Bowls, in turn, are contested by the Loney Bowl (AUS), Hardy Cup (Canada West), Dunsmore Cup (RSEQ), and Yates Cup (OUA) champions.[3][4]

The Vanier Cup's most valuable player is awarded the Ted Morris Memorial Trophy. It was first awarded at the first championship in 1965 and named in honour of Teddy Morris, who died the same year. Morris, a Hall of Fame former Toronto Argonauts player and coach, was an organizer of the first bowl and champion for developing Canadian players.

The Bruce Coulter Award was first awarded in 1992 and is dependent on what position the winner of the Ted Morris Trophy played. If the winner is from the offence, then the Bruce Coulter Award winner will be the most outstanding defensive player or vice versa. It was named after Bruce Coulter, long-time Head Coach at Bishop's University and former offensive and defensive player with the Montreal Alouettes in the 1950s. Coulter was inducted as a builder in the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1997.[5][6][7]

The Vanier Cup final game is regularly broadcast nationally. From 1965 though 1976 it was broadcast on CBC Television, from 1977 through 1988 it was broadcast on the CTV Television Network. In 1989, TSN acquired rights to the game, lasting through to 2012 (besides a one-year stint on The Score in 2008).

In November 2010, the rights to the Vanier Cup were purchased by sports marketing company MRX.[8] The 2011 game was held in Vancouver, on the same weekend as the 99th Grey Cup and for the first time it was fully integrated into the Grey Cup Festival as a festival event.[9]

In 2012, the 48th Vanier Cup, played between Laval and McMaster at Rogers Centre in Toronto became both the most attended and most watched Vanier Cup ever. Held the same weekend and in the same city as the 100th Grey Cup, the game was attended by 37,098. The previous record was set in 1989 at the 25th Vanier Cup, when 32,847 watched the game between Western and Saskatchewan that was also played at SkyDome (now Rogers Centre).[10] The game, broadcast on TSN and RDS was watched by 910,000.[11]

In February 2013, the CIS terminated the option years on their agreement with MRX opting for an open bid process for the hosting of the game. Laval University, in Quebec City, was the only bidder for the game and won the right to host the 49th Vanier Cup.[12] In May, CIS terminated its agreement with TSN, and entered into a six-year deal with Sportsnet to broadcast its championships, including the Vanier Cup.[13]

The switch in venues, the decoupling of the Vanier Cup from Grey Cup week, and the change in broadcaster, led to a precipitous drop in attendance and viewership. A total of 301,000 viewers watched Laval defeat the Calgary Dinos 25-14 Saturday, November 23, which was a decline of 64 per cent from the previous year.[14] A standing room crowd of 18,543 were on hand at the Telus Stadium which was a decline of 50 per cent from the previous year in Toronto. In 2019, after several more years of declines, the Vanier Cup returned to CBC.[15]

On June 8, 2020, U Sports announced that all fall athletics championships for the 2020-21 season had been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[16]


The Vanier Cup.
The Vanier Cup raised in 1990 by the Saskatchewan Huskies following their win over Saint Mary's.
The Laurier Golden Hawks won the 2005 Vanier Cup, defeating Saskatchewan 24–23.

Note: All Ted Morris Trophy and Bruce Coulter Award winners played for the winning team, unless otherwise noted.

Game Date Champion Score Runner Up Stadium City Ted Morris Memorial Trophy
(Game MVP)
Bruce Coulter Award
(starts in 1992)
1st November 20, 1965 OntarioToronto 14–7 AlbertaAlberta Varsity Stadium OntarioToronto Gerry Sternberg
2nd November 19, 1966 Nova ScotiaSt. F.X. 40–14 OntarioWaterloo Lutheran Varsity Stadium OntarioToronto Terry Gorman
3rd November 25, 1967 AlbertaAlberta 10–9 OntarioMcMaster Varsity Stadium OntarioToronto Val Schneider
4th November 22, 1968 OntarioQueen's 42–14 OntarioWaterloo Lutheran Varsity Stadium OntarioToronto Don Bayne
5th November 21, 1969 ManitobaManitoba 24–15 QuebecMcGill Varsity Stadium OntarioToronto Bob Kraemer
6th November 21, 1970 ManitobaManitoba (2) 38–11 OntarioOttawa Varsity Stadium OntarioToronto Mike Shylo
7th November 20, 1971 OntarioWestern 15–14 AlbertaAlberta Varsity Stadium OntarioToronto Bob McGregor[A]
8th November 25, 1972 AlbertaAlberta (2) 20–7 OntarioWaterloo Lutheran Varsity Stadium OntarioToronto Roger Comartin
Andy MacLeod[B]
9th November 24, 1973 Nova ScotiaSaint Mary's 14–6 QuebecMcGill Exhibition Stadium OntarioToronto Ken Clark
10th November 22, 1974 OntarioWestern (2) 19–15 OntarioToronto Exhibition Stadium OntarioToronto Ian Bryans
11th November 21, 1975 OntarioOttawa 14–9 AlbertaCalgary Exhibition Stadium OntarioToronto Neil Lumsden
12th November 19, 1976 OntarioWestern (3) 29–13 Nova ScotiaAcadia Varsity Stadium OntarioToronto Bill Rozalowsky
13th November 19, 1977 OntarioWestern (4) 48–15 Nova ScotiaAcadia Varsity Stadium OntarioToronto Bill Rozalowsky
14th November 18, 1978 OntarioQueen's (2) 16–3 British ColumbiaUBC Varsity Stadium OntarioToronto Ed Andrew
15th November 17, 1979 Nova ScotiaAcadia 34–12 OntarioWestern Varsity Stadium OntarioToronto Don Ross
16th November 29, 1980 AlbertaAlberta (3) 40–21 OntarioOttawa Varsity Stadium OntarioToronto Forrest Kennerd
17th November 28, 1981 Nova ScotiaAcadia (2) 18–12 AlbertaAlberta Varsity Stadium OntarioToronto Steve Repic
18th November 20, 1982 British ColumbiaUBC 39–14 OntarioWestern Varsity Stadium OntarioToronto Glenn Steele
19th November 19, 1983 AlbertaCalgary 31–21 OntarioQueen's Varsity Stadium OntarioToronto Tim Petros
20th November 24, 1984 OntarioGuelph 22–13 New BrunswickMount Allison Varsity Stadium OntarioToronto Parri Ceci
21st November 30, 1985 AlbertaCalgary (2) 25–6 OntarioWestern Varsity Stadium OntarioToronto Lew Lawrick
22nd November 22, 1986 British ColumbiaUBC (2) 25–23 OntarioWestern Varsity Stadium OntarioToronto Eric Putoto
23rd November 21, 1987 QuebecMcGill 47–11 British ColumbiaUBC Varsity Stadium OntarioToronto Michael Soles
24th November 19, 1988 AlbertaCalgary (3) 52–23 Nova ScotiaSaint Mary's Varsity Stadium OntarioToronto Sean Furlong
25th November 18, 1989 OntarioWestern (5) 35–10 SaskatchewanSaskatchewan SkyDome OntarioToronto Tyrone Williams
26th November 24, 1990 SaskatchewanSaskatchewan 24–21 Nova ScotiaSaint Mary's SkyDome OntarioToronto David Earl
27th November 30, 1991 OntarioWilfrid Laurier 25–18 New BrunswickMount Allison SkyDome OntarioToronto Andy Cecchini
28th November 21, 1992 OntarioQueen's (3) 31–0 Nova ScotiaSaint Mary's SkyDome OntarioToronto Brad Elberg Eric Dell
29th November 20, 1993 OntarioToronto (2) 37–34 AlbertaCalgary SkyDome OntarioToronto Glenn McCausland Rob Schrauth[C]
30th November 19, 1994 OntarioWestern (6) 50–40 (OT) SaskatchewanSaskatchewan SkyDome OntarioToronto Brent Schneider[D] Xavier Lafont
31st November 25, 1995 AlbertaCalgary (4) 54–24 OntarioWestern SkyDome OntarioToronto Don Blair Rob Richards
32nd November 30, 1996 SaskatchewanSaskatchewan (2) 31–12 Nova ScotiaSt. F.X. SkyDome OntarioToronto Brent Schneider Warren Muzika
33rd November 22, 1997 British ColumbiaUBC (3) 39–23 OntarioOttawa SkyDome OntarioToronto Stewart Scherck Mark Nohra
34th November 28, 1998 SaskatchewanSaskatchewan (3) 24–17 QuebecConcordia SkyDome OntarioToronto Trevor Ludtke Doug Rozon
35th November 27, 1999 QuebecLaval 14–10 Nova ScotiaSaint Mary's SkyDome OntarioToronto Stéphane Lefebvre Francesco Pepe Esposito
36th December 2, 2000 OntarioOttawa (2) 42–39 SaskatchewanRegina SkyDome OntarioToronto Phill Côté Scott Gordon
37th December 1, 2001 Nova ScotiaSaint Mary's (2) 42–16 ManitobaManitoba SkyDome OntarioToronto Ryan Jones Kyl Morrison
38th November 23, 2002 Nova ScotiaSaint Mary's (3) 33–21 SaskatchewanSaskatchewan SkyDome OntarioToronto Steve Panella Joe Bonaventura
39th November 22, 2003 QuebecLaval (2) 14–7 Nova ScotiaSaint Mary's SkyDome OntarioToronto Jeronimo Huerta-Flores Philippe Audet
40th November 27, 2004 QuebecLaval (3) 7–1 SaskatchewanSaskatchewan Ivor Wynne Stadium OntarioHamilton Matthew Leblanc Matthieu Proulx
41st December 3, 2005 OntarioWilfrid Laurier (2) 24–23 SaskatchewanSaskatchewan Ivor Wynne Stadium OntarioHamilton Ryan Pyear David Montoya
42nd November 25, 2006 QuebecLaval (4) 13–8 SaskatchewanSaskatchewan Griffiths Stadium SaskatchewanSaskatoon Éric Maranda Samuel Grégoire-Champagne
43rd November 23, 2007 ManitobaManitoba (3) 28–14 Nova ScotiaSaint Mary's Rogers Centre OntarioToronto Mike Howard John Makie
44th November 22, 2008 QuebecLaval (5) 44–21 OntarioWestern Ivor Wynne Stadium OntarioHamilton Julian Féoli-Gudino Marc-Antoine L. Fortin
45th November 28, 2009 OntarioQueen's (4) 33–31 AlbertaCalgary Stade du PEPS QuebecQuébec City Danny Brannagan Chris Smith
46th November 27, 2010 QuebecLaval (6) 29–2 AlbertaCalgary Stade du PEPS QuebecQuébec City Sébastien Levesque Marc-Antoine Beaudoin-Cloutier
47th November 25, 2011 OntarioMcMaster 41–38 (2OT) QuebecLaval BC Place British ColumbiaVancouver[9] Kyle Quinlan Aram Eisho
48th November 23, 2012 QuebecLaval (7) 37–14 OntarioMcMaster Rogers Centre OntarioToronto[17] Maxime Boutin Arnaud Gascon-Nadon
49th November 23, 2013 QuebecLaval (8) 25–14 AlbertaCalgary Stade Telus QuebecQuébec City[18] Pascal Lochard Vincent Desloges
50th November 29, 2014 QuebecMontréal 20–19 OntarioMcMaster Molson Stadium QuebecMontreal Regis Cibasu Anthony Coady[19]
51st November 28, 2015 British ColumbiaUBC (4) 26–23 QuebecMontréal Stade Telus QuebecQuébec City[20] Michael O'Connor Stavros Katsantonis[21]
52nd November 26, 2016 QuebecLaval (9) 31–26 AlbertaCalgary Tim Hortons Field OntarioHamilton[22] Hugo Richard Cédric Lussier-Roy
53rd November 25, 2017 OntarioWestern (7) 39-17 QuebecLaval Tim Hortons Field OntarioHamilton Chris Merchant Fraser Sopik
54th November 24, 2018 QuebecLaval (10) 34-20 OntarioWestern Stade Telus QuebecQuebec City Hugo Richard Adam Auclair
55th November 23, 2019 AlbertaCalgary (5) 27-13 QuebecMontréal Stade Telus QuebecQuebec City Adam Sinagra Redha Kramdi

^ A. Bob McGregor, Ted Morris Trophy winner in 1971, played for the runner-up team.
^ B. In the 1972 game, the Vanier Cup Committee and Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union officials decided to crown co-winners from the same school.
^ C. Rob Schrauth, Bruce Coulter Award winner in 1993, played for the runner-up team.
^ D. Brent Schneider, Ted Morris Trophy winner in 1994, played for the runner-up team.

Vanier Cup appearances

OUA Ontario University Athletics
RSEQ Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec (Quebec University Football League, QUFL)
CanWest Canada West Universities Athletic Association
AUS Atlantic University Sport
OQIFC Ontario-Quebec Intercollegiate Football Conference 1980–2000
Appearances Team Hometown Conference Wins Losses Win % Most Recent Appearance
14 Western Mustangs London, Ontario OUA 7 7 .500 2018
12 Laval Rouge et Or Quebec City, Quebec RSEQ/OQIFC 10 2 .833 2018
11 Calgary Dinos Calgary, Alberta CanWest 5 6 .455 2019
9 Saint Mary's Huskies Halifax, Nova Scotia AUS 3 6 .333 2007
Saskatchewan Huskies Saskatoon, Saskatchewan CanWest 3 6 .333 2006
6 UBC Thunderbirds Vancouver, British Columbia CanWest 4 2 .667 2015
Alberta Golden Bears Edmonton, Alberta CanWest 3 3 .500 1981
5 Queen's Golden Gaels Kingston, Ontario OUA/OQIFC 4 1 .800 2009
Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks[E] Waterloo, Ontario OUA 2 3 .400 2005
Ottawa Gee-Gees Ottawa, Ontario OUA/OQIFC 2 3 .400 2000
4 Manitoba Bisons Winnipeg, Manitoba CanWest 3 1 .750 2007
Acadia Axemen Wolfville, Nova Scotia AUS 2 2 .500 1981
McMaster Marauders Hamilton, Ontario OUA 1 3 .250 2014
3 Toronto Varsity Blues Toronto, Ontario OUA 2 1 .667 1993
McGill Redmen Montreal, Quebec RSEQ/OQIFC 1 2 .333 1987
Montréal Carabins Montreal, Quebec RSEQ 1 2 .333 2019
2 St. Francis Xavier X-Men Antigonish, Nova Scotia AUS 1 1 .500 1996
Mount Allison Mounties Sackville, New Brunswick AUS 0 2 .000 1991
1 Guelph Gryphons Guelph, Ontario OUA 1 0 1.000 1984
Concordia Stingers Montreal, Quebec RSEQ/OQIFC 0 1 .000 1998
Regina Rams Regina, Saskatchewan CanWest 0 1 .000 2000

^ E. The Wilfrid Laurier record includes three games played as Waterloo Lutheran.

Six active teams have never played for the Vanier Cup: Bishop's Gaiters (AUS/RSEQ/OQIFC), Carleton Ravens (OUA), Sherbrooke Vert-et-Or (RSEQ), Waterloo Warriors (OUA), Windsor Lancers (OUA), and York Lions/Yeomen (OUA).

See also


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  • "Desjardins Vanier Cup: Head-to-head Look". November 21, 2007. Archived from the original on January 15, 2013. Retrieved 2007-11-24.
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