Canadian Interuniversity Sport

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Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) is the national governing body of university sport in Canada. The CIS is comprised of the majority of degree granting universities in the country. The USA equivalent to the CIS is the NCAA.

The Canadian Interuniversity Athletics Union (CIAU) was founded in 1906. In June 2001, members of the CIAU voted to change the organization's name to CIS.

Men's sports: basketball, cross country, Canadian football, ice hockey, soccer, swimming, track & field, volleyball and wrestling.

Women's sports: basketball, cross country, field hockey, ice hockey, rugby union, soccer, swimming, track & field, volleyball and wrestling.




The member universities of the CIS are further organized into four regional associations. In some of these sports, these associations are the basis of divisional alignment, and thus are sometimes called conferences.

When two nicknames are given for a school, the first is used for men's teams and the second is used for women's teams, unless otherwise indicated.

Atlantic University Sport

The Atlantic Universities Athletics Association was founded in 1974, with the merging of the Atlantic Intercollegiate Athletic Association and the Atlantic Women's Intercollegiate Athletic Association. Prior to the acceptance of the Memorial University of Newfoundland, the former association, which dates back to the late 19th century, the AIAA was known as the Maritime Intercollegiate Athletic Association. In 1999, the AUAA changed its name to Atlantic University Sport.

Canada West Universities Athletic Association

The Western Intercollegiate Athletic Association was founded in 1920, but regular competition between schools at the time were often unfeasible due to the high costs of travel and existing rivalries with American colleges. In fact, Simon Fraser did not compete in CIAU/CIS until 2002, and only partially joined even then; most Simon Fraser teams still compete in the U.S. NAIA. In 1971, the WIAA was split into the Canada West Universities Athletic Association and the Great Plains Athletic Association, the latter consisting of schools primarily from Manitoba. In 1988, the GPAA was absorbed into Canada West.

Ontario University Athletics

The history of university sport in Ontario and Quebec are very much intertwined together. After World War II, the universities in Ontario and Quebec were divided into three groups: those in the Ontario-Quebec University Athletic Association, those in the Ottawa-St. Lawrence Athletic Association, and those in the Ontario Intercollegiate Athletic Association. In 1971, the OIAA dissolved and the universities were reorganized into the Ontario University Athletic Association and the Quebec University Athletic Association. The former changed its name in 1997 to Ontario University Athletics.

Quebec Student Sports Federation

The Quebec Student Sports Federation is not only the governing body for universitiy athletics in Quebec, but also that of CEGEPs and high schools as well. It was founded in 1971 with the reformulations of three university athletic associations spanning the universities of Ontario and Quebec, and was renamed to the QSSF in 1989 following changes to the school sport structure in Quebec.


The CIS football teams 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 commonly referred to as the Quebec Interuniversity Football Conference. The Dunsmore Cup is awarded to the championship football team from Quebec.

Ontario University Athletic Association

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.

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