Robotics Education & Competition Foundation
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Canadian Open VRC Signature Event

12-Feb-2023 Add to Calendar
Event Code
VEX V5 Robotics Competition
Event Type
Event Format
Field Control System
Smart Field Control
Spots Open
Event Region
Max Registrations per Organization
Standard Registration Opens
5-Jul-2022 08:00 EDT
Registration Deadline
22-Jan-2023 17:00 EST

A maximum of 75% of team registrations can be from any one event region

Region Maximum % # Spots Allowed # Spots Remaining
Ontario 50% 40 -13
This event is closed to registration because:
  • This event has reached capacity. Teams on waitlist may still be added.
  • It is past the registration deadline.

General Info

Welcome to Canada's second attempt at a signature event! Being held in the Markham Pan Am Sports Centre, we are looking forward to hosting numerous teams from across the world to compete against the best that Canada has to offer! The event will be hosted by the best volunteers and event staff that Ontario has to offer, get a chance to visit Historic Main Street in Unionville, Downtown Markham and many other attractions in Toronto, including CN Tower, Ontario Science CentreRipley's Aquarium of Canada, Royal Ontario Musuem (ROM) (20 mins driving) and get the opportunity to question representatives from the best universities in Canada!

We are still in the planning phase and will release more information as we confirm them, for any concerns or suggestions please email [email protected]. We are hoping to run this event annually and make it increasingly exciting for students and parents to come visit our city.

Qualification to the VEX World Championships

This event will include spots for the VEX World Championships 2023.

  • Excellence Award
  • Tournament Champions

Competition Preparation

This event is sure to be a fast-paced and exciting event. All teams should come prepared for the competition. Here are a few steps that every team should take to ensure that they are prepared.

  1. Review the rules, the code of conduct, and run through the inspection checklist
  2. Check the VEX Forum and the Q&A for official rule updates and changes.
  3. Carefully read all of the information contained in this tournament posting
  4. Review the descriptions and criteria for the awards that are being given during the tournament. 
  5. Prep for your interviews with the judges. Check the awards tab to see what awards will be given during the tournament.
  6. Ensure that you have the latest version of firmware.

Grade Level: All

Skills Challenge Offered: Yes

Judging Format: Remote Interviews & Notebooks

Event Dates & Locations

Date: 12-Feb-2023

Markham Pan Am Centre
16 Main Street Unionville
Markham, Ontario L3R 2E4

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Saturday, February 11th, 2023

8:30a               - Doors Open
8:30a - 10:30a - Set up, Inspection and Skills
10:30a - 11:00a - Opening Ceremonies
11:00a - 12:00p - Practice Matches and Skills
1:00p - 5:00p - Qualification Matches and Skills

Sunday, February 12th, 2023

8:30a               - Doors Open
9:00a - 12:00p - Qualification Matches and Skills
12:00 - 1:00p - Lunch Break
1:00p - 3:00p - Qualification Matches and Skills continue
3:00p - Skills fields close.
3:00p - 3:30p   - Alliance Selections
3:30p - 5:30p - Eliminations and Finals
5:30p - 6:00p - Awards & Closing Ceremonies


Volunteers are essential to a successful tournament. Please consider volunteering. No prior experience is necessary. Please email [email protected] to sign up. Volunteers will receive any training necessary and a full day of inspiration working with incredibly talented youth.

Emergency/Bad Weather Policy

Should the weather prove difficult we will make every attempt to run the tournament and email updates to all teams

Please make sure your contact information is correct in Robot Events.

Refund and Payment Policies

Registration fees are non-refundable.

Health and Safety Policies

COVID-19 Update-June 1st, 2022

As of this date, Ontario is not under a mask mandate. Therefore, masks are not required, but highly recommended. In order to best insure the safety of our participants, we have instituted the following precautions: 

  • Spectators will be able to watch the event from the designated seating areas.
  • Only team members and coaches will be allowed in the pit areas. 
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be available throughout the event. 
  • Anyone who has been exposed to, or has tested positive for, COVID-19 in the two weeks before the event should not attend. 
  • The event will be livestreamed and can be viewed remotely.

All approved events and event attendees are required to follow all local, state, federal, or any other government ordinances regarding COVID-19 safety procedures, social distancing, and best hygiene practices. Event Partners should continually assess, based on current government guidelines, whether to postpone, cancel, or significantly reduce the number of attendees when necessary. 

Teams will not be allowed to enter the field to retrieve their robot. Once their match has been scored, they will drive their robot to the side of the field to retrieve it. The only people allowed access to the field and game objects are officially marked staff.

Due to the evolving nature of COVID-19, safety precautions may be updated as the event date approaches.

Date: 12-Feb-2023
Markham Pan Am Centre
16 Main Street Unionville
Markham, Ontario L3R 2E4

Travel Info

Markham Pan Am Centre
16 Main St
Unionville, Markham, ON L3R 2E4

The following hotels are in close proximity to Markham PanAm Centre.


VEX Ontario YouTube Channel

Judging Format

Remote Judging - The Team Interviews will be conducted remotely.

 If there is a need for face-to-face interviews, they will be contucted at the event.

  • Digital Engineering Notebook

    • Submission instructions - Submitted online at, under My Account.
    • Deadline: Jan 20, 2023 11:59PM EST
  • Interview Schedule

Payment Information

Registration fee must be paid within two weeks of registration. Teams that are added to the event from the waitlist are asked to pay for the event within 1 week. Teams registering less than two weeks before the registration deadline must pay at time of registration.

Any teams that fail to pay the registration within these guidelines will be moved to the waitlist and the spot will be opened up to other teams.

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