On behalf of the Government of Canada, the Department of Canadian Heritage is responsible for organizing and coordinating the participation and coaching of athletes and artists who represent Team Canada at the Games of La Francophonie.
Athletes are chosen according to a selection process determined by each national sport organization, based on excellence criteria specific to each association, while respecting the procedure established by the Comité international des Jeux de la Francophonie (CIJF). Artists are chosen through a national cultural competition managed through the Canada Council for the Arts. An international jury, appointed by the CIJF and supported by the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie, selects the final candidates.
“Francophonie” does not necessarily mean “Francophone.” As with the Commonwealth Games, athletes and artists are selected to be a part of Team Canada at the Games of La Francophonie based on their performance excellence, not their linguistic affiliation. This means that there may be athletes and artists participating in the Games whose first language is not French.