Canadian Olympic Team Local Volunteer Overview

The Olympic Games represents a unique opportunity not only for our Canadian athletes but for an individual, such as you, to assist the Canadian Olympic Team (COT) by volunteering during the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

During Tokyo 2020, the COT is seeking volunteers in the following areas:

  • Canada Olympic House
  • Corporate Operations and Partner Services
  • Communications
  • Digital
  • Health and Science
  • Outfitting
  • Performance Centre
  • Performance Technology
  • Team Operations

Local volunteers must be 18 years of age prior to July 2020 and have no criminal record. All successful applicants will be required to provide a Police Record Check. The COT will use electronic communication to share important information, thus local volunteers will need a valid e-mail address and regular access to the internet.


  • Will be required to join informative conference calls prior to the beginning of Games.
  • Will be properly briefed and trained prior to the commencement of their assignments by their respective Games operational lead.
  • Will be provided with a lunch or dinner when working through a meal time; complimentary snacks and beverages will be available throughout their shift.
  • Will be provided with a clothing kit of Hudson’s Bay clothing.
  • Are invited to attend the Local Volunteer Recognition Event.
  • Will not receive any remuneration.


  • Organizing, arranging and covering all costs related to travel (taxi, car rental, train, plane, gas, etc.) and accommodation (hotels, motels, hostels, apartments, houses, etc.) to/from and within Tokyo.
  • Meals when not working a volunteer shift.
  • Transportation to and from their volunteer assignments (public transportation, parking, etc.).

The COC has partnered with ATPI (Advance Travel Partner International), official supporter of the Canadian Olympic Team, to provide volunteers with logistical support in their airfare, ground transportation, and accommodations.

NOTE: Local volunteers with the Canadian Olympic Team are not accredited by the Organizing Committee, will not have access to competition/event tickets and will not march in the Opening or Closing Ceremony. The COC will also not be covering travel or accommodation costs.

The application process will help the candidate and the COT determine the best match between your skill set and knowledge and the COT volunteer needs.

Step 1:

Step 1: Complete and submit the Volunteer Application Form. To be launched in fall 2019. If you would like to receive a notification when the calls go out, please complete the following form. Please click here.

Step 2: A committee will review all applications and determine the best fit for each volunteer. Factors taken into consideration will include:

  • The number of volunteers the COT requires for specific positions.
  • Skill set, knowledge and familiarity with the functional area you have applied for.
  • Ability to work in an ever-changing and fluid environment.
  • Ability to commit to no less than one week of work and for preferably for the entire Games period.

Step 3: Successful applicants will be contacted and advised which functional area they have been assigned.

Step 4: Upon confirmation of the role, the successful volunteer will receive the Local Volunteer Policies and Procedures document. Upon receipt, you will be asked the following information:

  • Confirm your commitment to the Team.
  • Acknowledge and commit to your role and accountability vis-à-vis your position.
  • Confirm the dates and times you are available to volunteer (which must mirror at least 85% of the availability noted on your Volunteer Application Form).
  • Return your signed Local Volunteer Agreement Form.
  • Provide us with a Police Record Check completed by your local law enforcement agency from the last 6 months.

Step 5: As part of the security screening process for local volunteers working with the Team, you may be asked to provide further personal information.

Thank you for your continued interest in representing the Olympic movement.