Toronto is home to a number of dedicated sports medicine facilities, which cater to athletes and provide physiotherapy services. It also has many state-of-the-art-trained athletic therapists and EMS professionals who can be called upon to attend events and/or provide on-demand services.

The health care system in Ontario is comprised of emergent and elective services for acute, chronic and rehabilitative needs. The services, based in hospitals or provided by physicians, are funded by government, while the private sector is active in providing complementary services such as physiotherapy, dental, dietary, chiropractic and supportive nursing care.

There are 41 hospitals in the Toronto area with designated trauma centres and leading-edge clinical programs in acute medical care, surgical excellence, mental health programs and pediatric care. Virtually every sport venue lies within the catchment area of a hospital with emergency facilities and all have protocols for transferring patients based on the required medical service and available space. Toronto boasts a number of dedicated sports medicine facilities, which cater to sports injuries, and provide physiotherapy services.


Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre (Lead Trauma Hospital) – 20.1 km/8.9 km

St Michael’s Hospital (Lead Trauma Hospital) – 42.8 km/2.1km

The Hospital for Sick Children (Lead Trauma Pediatric Hospital) – 20.9 km/700 m

Toronto Western Hospital – 19.5 km/1.8 km

Michael Garron Hospital – 37.5 km/8.3 km

Toronto General Hospital – 21.1 km/750 m

North York General Hospital – 20.6 km/15.8 km

St Joseph’s Health Centre – 20.7 km/6.1 km

Widely considered one of the finest emergency medical service systems in the world, Toronto EMS is the largest municipal paramedic ambulance service in Canada and one of the most comprehensive pre-hospital emergency care systems in North America. It operates from 45 ambulance stations located across the city. The transfer of patients to local health care facilities is at the discretion of Toronto EMS based on the type and severity of injury, location, facility availability and other factors


Each of our facilities will have a dedicated area for physiotherapists and medical services. Physiotherapy will be available from the championships hosts (for a fee), and room will be available to personnel that accompany athletes to the championships. The ice rink at Varsity Arena will house medical services while the indoor track facility at the University of Toronto Athletic Centre will be utilized for the same purpose. Both locations have immediate access (within 200m) to the corresponding field of play. Each location will have full medical teams and available physiotherapy and massage therapy options. First responders will also be available on site with ambulance services.

Sport Physiotherapy Canada is an organization that will be able to provide graduate physiotherapists and physiotherapy students at each of the facilities and will be available for all athletes that are competing. Toronto Paramedics will be providing ambulances on site as well as trained paramedics for all immediate medical care that will be needed on the spot.

The York Lions Stadium and Toronto Track and Field Centre, located on the York University campus, are within 6.7km and a 12 minute drive of North York General Hospital.   555 Finch Ave West, Toronto, Ontario M2R 1N5

The closest hospital to Varsity Stadium is Toronto General Hospital. It is located 2km south of the facility and is a 5 minute drive.
200 Elizabeth Street, Toronto, Ontario M5G 2C4

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