FAQs - Canada Winter Games in RDC

Background Information

The 2019 Canada Winter Games will take place in Red Deer, Alberta between February 15 and March 3, 2019.  The Canada Winter Games are Canada’s largest multi-sport competition for young athletes; an event of this caliber is second only to the Olympics.
 
For further details about the 2019 Canada Winter Games, please visit canadagames.ca/2019.  
Red Deer College is an important organization to the communities of central Alberta, and we have been one of the key partners involved in planning the 2019 Canada Winter Games  since the community first put forward its bid to host the Games back in 2014. 
 
As one of the largest organizations in Red Deer, RDC will play a pivotal role in supporting the successful staging and presentation of this major national event.  RDC has the capacity to host 1,800 athletes each week in our role as the Athletes Village and also to function as the Operations Hub for all aspects of the Games.  The new Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre/Centre des Jeux du Canada Gary W. Harris will be a competition venue for short track speed skating, wheelchair basketball, badminton, figure skating and squash.
 
RDC’s involvement in the Games allows us to support our community in this exciting event, while also showcasing our facilities and our College to all of Canada. 

RDC Hours and Services

RDC will be open for administrative operations and College services during regular business hours, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. The College will be closed on Monday, February 18, 2019, due to the Family Day statutory holiday. 

Red Deer College will remain open for business during the 2019 Canada Winter Games. Staff, faculty, students, potential students and members of the public will have access to the College and services during the period February 15 to March 3.

However, those working and visiting RDC’s main campus should be aware that there will be limited spaces available for general use such as meetings, whether formal or informal, and certain areas of the College will be restricted.

Yes. The Library will continue to operate as a public space during the Games; students and members of the public will have access and staff will be available, as per normal Library operations. For a complete listing of Library hours, visit rdc.ab.ca/library

During the Canada Winter Games, it will be business as usual for the Office of the Registrar and for the Student Connect Centre (Central Advising/Recruiting and Student Funding & Awards). Staff will continue to provide services to students, prospective students, parents and the general public during regular business hours. This includes services in-person, by phone and via email.  

During the Canada Winter Games, the Counselling & Career Centre and Indigenous Services will be open during regular business hours for the College. Student Life will not be open during the Games; however, with the extended Reading Break, this is not expected to impact students. Campus Rec activities will not take place during the Games. 

Students in all credit programs including those that attend classes at the downtown campus will have an extended Reading Break from February 15 to March 1, 2019, as per the Academic Schedule for credit programs. The Donald School of Business at RDC’s downtown campus will be open for regular hours of operation from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday, during the Games. Students may access study spaces in the common areas or meet with academic advising specialists; please be aware the staff from the Library Information Common will not be available during this time.

Driving on Campus

All staff, faculty, students and members of the public will be able to access the College through both the east entrance at College Boulevard and the west entrance at College Circle. There may be higher volumes of traffic, including bus traffic, in the morning and late afternoon periods to accommodate the movement of athletes to and from their training and competition venues.

Given that Red Deer College is the Athletes’ Village during the Games, please be aware that there will be larger volumes of pedestrian traffic between the new Residence and the main campus building and also between the main campus building and the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre.

We suggest planning for a few extra minutes of travel time to accommodate the pedestrian and vehicle traffic. There will be larger volumes of traffic accessing the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre on competition days. You can view the competition schedule to see the dates of these events; start and end times will be updated closer to the Games.

Credit Courses

Reading Break will take place from February 15 to March 1, 2019. There will be no credit courses, including on campus and online, running at RDC during this timeframe. All credit courses will resume on Monday, March 4, 2019.

During this period, exceptions may apply for practicums, clinical or courses with work experience. Apprenticeship programs do not follow the Academic Schedule and will continue as scheduled with Apprenticeship and Industry Training.

The School of Continuing Education has not scheduled any on-campus non-credit classes during Reading Break. Online courses, off-site corporate training and regional delivery activities will continue as scheduled by the School of Continuing Education throughout this time period.
 

During the Reading Break from February 15 to March 1, 2019, exceptions may apply for practicums, clinical or courses with work experience.

Each School will work with their respective partners to confirm dates of practicums, clinical and work experiences for their areas. The Schools will then determine if and how these will be impacted by the Reading Break, and the Schools/programs will communicate this information to their students. 

Since all credit courses follow the same Academic Schedule, online credit courses will also have the extended Reading Break from February 15 to March 1, 2019. 

Apprenticeship Courses

Apprenticeship courses do not follow the 2018-19 Academic Schedule other than statutory holidays. Apprenticeship classes will continue to be held at RDC during this period as per the schedule established with Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT).

RDC Athletics

Our student-athletes will be training and competing at off-site locations for the duration of the Games. These activities will take place off campus from February 11 to March 3. For complete details on the RDC Athletics season schedule, visit rdcathletics.ca

General Games Information

Red Deer College will host five events at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre:

Week 1: February 15 to February 22
Performance Gymnasium: Wheelchair Basketball
Ice Arena: Short Track Speed Skating

Week 2: February 24 to March 2
Performance Gymnasium: Badminton
Ice Arena: Figure Skating
Squash Courts: Squash

You can view the competition schedule to see the dates of these events; start and end times will be updated closer to the Games.

The Wheelchair Basketball athletes will train in the Main Gym in RDC’s main building. For more information on this sport, check the Canada Winter Games website at https://www.canadagames.ca/2019/wheelchair-basketball.
 

In preparation for the 2019 Canada Winter Games, Red Deer College is working with provincial or national organizations to host pre-Games events in the fall and winter of 2018. 

These events will provide opportunities for people from central Alberta and beyond to watch provincial and national level sport competitions. There is no cost and tickets are not required to attend these competitions. RDC students, faculty and staff, as well as community members are welcome to come to RDC's Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre to see these events. 

October 12 – 14: Short Track Speed Skating

  • Friday, October 12: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm | Athlete Practice
  • Saturday, October 13: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm | Competition
  • Sunday, October 14: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm | Competition

October 31 – November 4: Figure Skating

  • Wednesday, October 31 – 10:00 am – 8:30 pm
  • Thursday, November 1 – 8:30 am – 9:30 pm
  • Friday, November 2 – 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
  • Saturday, November 3 – 9:30 am – 8:00 pm
  • Sunday, November 4 – 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

November 20 – 25: Badminton

  • Friday, November 23 – 8:00 am – 9:00 pm
  • Saturday, November 24 – 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
  • Sunday, November 25 – 10:00 am – 2:00 pm


December 15 – 16: Wheelchair Basketball

 

 

Canada Winter Games athletes will be staying at the RDC Residences. Throughout the duration of the Games, RDC Residences will be known as the Athletes’ Village. Athletes will be housed in the Row Houses, Towers and the new Residence, which is currently under construction.

RDC has developed a Residence Accommodation Strategy for students who live in Residence. Visit the Residence page to learn full details about the options for our students.
 

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