- All participants (athletes, coaches, and managers) are required to stay in Games accommodations, including participants who reside in the host community or surrounding area. (Exceptions must be approved by the Western Canada Games Council)
- All participants must abide by their respective provincial/territorial Code of Conduct, the Western Canada Games Code of Conduct and the Games Village Rules and Regulations. Violations will be subject to the Host Society discipline policy and provincial/territorial team discipline policy. Violators should expect further disciplinary action from provincial/territorial sport organizations.
- The Western Canada Summer Games are open to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.
- The Games are open to athletes who are members in good standing of their provincial/territorial and/or national sport organization.
- An athlete’s permanent domicile or actual residence must be located, for at least the 180 days prior to the opening of the Games, within the recognized boundaries of the province or territory they are representing. An athlete can have only one domicile.
- Student-athletes attending school on a full-time basis outside their province/territory of permanent residence during the year of the Games shall be permitted to compete for either their province/territory of permanent resident or the province/territory in which the student-athlete attends school. To be eligible to compete for the province/territory where the student-athlete attends school, the student-athlete must be enrolled on a full-time basis during the academic year preceding the Games.
- If a non-student athlete attends a recognized national training centre outside his or her province/territory of permanent residence, the athlete is encouraged to represent his or her province/territory of permanent residence; however, the athlete could represent the province/territory where the centre is located under the terms of paragraph below.
- Exceptions to the domicile requirement will be possible if the athlete can demonstrate a commitment to the province or territory he or she wishes to represent by such means as having been a member of a club or provincial/territorial sport organization in that province/territory for the entire previous competitive season, having represented that province or territory at a previous national or regional championship or having attended school full-time the previous academic year or a recognized national training centre full-time during the previous 12 months. Other similar circumstances may be considered.
- Competitors must meet all eligibility requirements outlined in the Technical Package.
- An athlete is permitted to try out for only one province or territory per Games.
- An athlete may participate in more than one sport, provided the sports occur in different phases of the Games.
- The Technical Committee of the Council shall determine the eligibility of any athlete that is not clearly established by these rules and by the Technical Package. Coaches or PSOs/TSOs must bring forward any cases in question to their Chef de Mission and to their NSO as early as possible before the competition for forwarding to the Technical Committee.
- Where a team/province/territory/Chef wishes to challenge the eligibility of an athlete on another provincial/territorial team, it is expected that such a challenge will be made as soon as the protesting team knows that an athlete may be ineligible. Every effort must be made to ensure that protests on eligibility are lodged before an athlete competes.
Athletes with Disabilities
In support of Western Canada Summer Games guiding principles, the Council supports the inclusion of athletes with disabilities. Such inclusion shall be entirely within a sport i.e., functional swimming within swimming. For distinct sports for athletes with a disability i.e. wheelchair basketball, the sport should be considered on its own merits and should apply for sport selection to the Games independently.