The hidden date for this stamp can be found at the top of the lower flagpole.
A significant advance in the encouragement of emerging athletes has been achieved by establishment of the Canada Games, a concept which reached fruition at the 1st Winter Games held in Quebec City and area from February 11th to 19th 1967. The planned cycle continues with the 1st Summer Games, to be hosted by Halifax and Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, during the period of August 16th to 24th, 1969; further renewals at different locations are to take place at similar future intervals. The eligibility of entrants, male or female, all representing their home Province or Territory, is restricted to Canadian citizens or landed immigrants with two years residence in Canada. By eliminating rigid qualifying athletic standards it is hoped that aspiring athletes will gain from association and competition with those who have achieved national or international status. Some 1,800 persons, representing all Provinces and Territories, competed in 14 sports at the 1967 Quebc Games; an anticipated 2,500 will enter the 15 classifications arranged for the Summer Games. Housing arrangements by sports rather than Province or Territory foster national unity and understanding; pride of area is encouraged by the assignment of distinctive colours, a decision which also facilitates identification by the spectators. Capital and operating costs are guaranteed by governmental co-sponsorship at Federal, Provincial and Municipal levels in co-operation with the Canada Games Society.