News release

Women’s World Hockey Championship Cancelled

The 2021 IIHF Women’s World Hockey Championship, scheduled for May 6-16 in Halifax and Truro, is being cancelled due to concerns over the rising number of COVID-19 cases in Nova Scotia.

Premier Iain Rankin withdrew permission for the event to take place in the province at this time because of the evolving situation with COVID-19 and the circulation of variants.

“It was my recommendation the 2021 IIHF Women’s World Hockey Championships be cancelled,” said Premier Rankin. “I sincerely regret the short notice, but the rapidly changing environment dictates this decision in the interest of the safety of Nova Scotians and participants. We have worked diligently with Hockey Canada to ensure we can stage a safe and successful world hockey championship and they have been a great partner, but the safety of the Nova Scotia public and participants is paramount and is the reason for our decision.”

Officials in the Premier’s Office were in touch with Hockey Canada and indicated the hope that the tournament will be rescheduled in Nova Scotia at a future date.