The 58th edition of the U SPORTS national football championship will be hosted by Queen’s University, in Kingston, Ont. on Nov. 25.
“U SPORTS greatly appreciates Canada Life’s continued support as we bring our national university football championship to Kingston for the first time in history,” said Lisette Johnson-Stapley, U SPORTS chief sport officer. “Kingston and Queen’s University have a rich history of loving the sport of football, and together with Canada Life, we are excited to share this passion with fans across the country during the upcoming season.”
“The Vanier Cup is a national tradition celebrating the best of varsity sport - commitment, hard work, and collaboration - values that bring us closer as Canadians,” said Jeff Macoun, President and Chief Operating Officer, Canada, Canada Life. “At Canada Life, we're focused on supporting initiatives that build connection and communities that make us stronger. That is why we’re thrilled to support the Vanier Cup. We'd like to thank Queen’s University and the City of Kingston for hosting this year’s championship.”
About the 2023 Canada Life Vanier Cup
"We are pleased to welcome Canada Life to the 2023 Vanier Cup in Kingston as title sponsor of the event," said Linda Melnick, Executive Director, Queen's Athletics & Recreation. "This year's game marks a historic moment for the City of Kingston and Queen's University as we host the Vanier Cup for the first time, and as we look forward to welcoming fans from across Canada to our beautiful city and campus, we are grateful to have the support of Canada Life to mark the occasion."
Canada Life returns as the presenting partner of the Road to the Vanier Cup this season that includes the weekly Canada Life U SPORTS Football Rankings published each Tuesday (starting Aug. 29) and the Canada Life U SPORTS Football Players of the Week awards released each Wednesday (beginning Aug. 30).
The 2023 U SPORTS football regular season kicks off tonight when the Sherbrooke Vert et Or host the defending national champion Laval Rouge et Or in the RSEQ opener (7 pm ET, TVA Sports). The defending AUS title holders, the StFX X-Men host the Bishop’s Gaiters in one of two AUS games to open the schedule on Saturday August 26 (1 pm ET, AUS.TV), while the Queen’s Gaels help raise the curtain of the OUA season when they host the Laurier Golden Hawks at Richardson Stadium (3 pm ET, OUA.TV) in one of four OUA contestes that day. Canada West begins its regular campaign on September 1.
The 2023 Canada Life Vanier Cup is a presentation of U SPORTS in collaboration with Queen’s University and Visit Kingston. It is the first time the Uteck Bowl and Mitchell Bowl champions faceoff in Kingston, Ont.