In support of Team Canada and in recognition of this year’s host city, the Vancouver Convention Centre and BC Pavilion Corporation (PavCo) will light the Vancouver 2010 Cauldron on Friday, July 23, 2021 to mark the start of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, and again on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

Lighting Schedule 

  • The Cauldron will be lit on Friday, July 23, 2021 from 6 pm to 9 pm PDT.
  • Details for the Cauldron lighting on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 to celebrate Team Canada competing in the 2020 Paralympic Games will be made available at a later date.

In addition, PavCo will show support for Canada’s athletes competing in the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games by lighting its venues in Canada’s colours:

  • At the Vancouver Convention Centre, the Cauldron and facility district markers will glow red and white to mark the start of both the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
  • BC Place will feature a special Maple Leaf Illumination to mark the start of both the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The Cauldron lightings are sponsored by FortisBC. The gas being used for these lightings is 100 per cent Renewable Natural Gas. This carbon neutral energy source, also known as biogas, is made in B.C. from organic farm and landfill waste.


The Honourable Melanie Mark, Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport

Ministers’ statement on the Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games

Maryam Salehizadeh, Paralympic Athlete, Goalball

“Getting to wear the maple leaf and represent Canada at the highest level on the international stage is one of the greatest feelings you can ever experience. It has been a very challenging year during the pandemic, and it is with great pride and joy that I get to share this adventure with my teammates, family and the rest of the country. 

You dream. You plan. You reach. There will be obstacles. There will be doubters. There will be mistakes. But with hard work, with belief, and with confidence and trust in yourself and those around you, there are no limits. Surprise the world, Team Canada.”

Ian Aikenhead, Q.C., Chair, PavCo

“After an unprecedented year of hardship, challenge and pause, it is inspiring to see the world come together once again for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Vancouver 2010 Olympic Cauldron marks one of the most exciting times in our province’s history, and serves as a reminder of the joy that global connection brings us all. It is an honour to light it once again in recognition of our athletes competing as part of Team Canada, and in support of our fellow host city Tokyo who have made this opportunity possible.”

Doug Slater, Vice-President, External and Indigenous Relations, FortisBC

“FortisBC is proud to light the Olympic Cauldron with carbon-neutral Renewable Natural Gas. We wish all our athletes the best of luck and we’re rooting for them every step of the way.”