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Canadian Open VRC Signature Event (HS/MS)

HS/MS Blended, Remote Judging and Digital Notebook Submission

27-Jan-2024 - 28-Jan-2024 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
Early-Bird Registration Opens
7-Oct-2023 12:00 EDT
Standard Registration Opens
21-Oct-2023 12:00 EDT
Registration Deadline
20-Dec-2023 08:00 EST
Payment Deadline
5-Jan-2024 23:59 EST

A maximum of 50% of team registrations can be from any one event region

Region Maximum % # Spots Allowed # Spots Remaining
Ontario 50% 40 -1
This event is closed to registration because:
  • It is past the registration deadline.

General Info

Welcome to Canada's second 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 2024.

  • Excellence Award (HS and MS)
  • 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 Initial Interviews

Event Dates & Locations

Date: 27-Jan-2024 - 28-Jan-2024

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

Contact Information

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Saturday, January 27th, 2024

8:30a               - Doors Open
8:30a - 10:30a - Set up, Inspection and Skills
10:30a - 11:00a - Opening Ceremonies
11:00a - 1:00p - Lunch Break
1:00p - 1:50p - Practice Matches and Skills
1:45p - 5:00p - Qualification Matches and Skills

Sunday, January 28th, 2024

8:30a               - Doors Open
9:00a - 11:00a - Qualification Matches and Skills
11:00a - Skills fields close.
11:00a - 11:30a  - Alliance Selections
11:30a - 1:00p - Lunch Break
1:00p - 3:00p - Eliminations and Finals
3:00p - 3:30p - Awards & Closing Ceremonies

The tournaments will be played on 6 fields, we intend to give each team 1 practice match and 8 qualification matches before alliance selections.


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

If the Event Partner cancels the event: 

Full refund will be provided

If a Coach/Mentor completes registration for the event then chooses to withdraw or not attend:

Registration fees are non-refundable.

Health and Safety Policies

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.

Date: 27-Jan-2024 - 28-Jan-2024
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

Absolute Lounge

Hilton Toronto/Markham Suites Conference Centre & Spa

Address: 8500 Warden Avenue, Markham, ON L6G 1A5

Phone: +1 905 470 8500

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Rooms & Rates

  • 1 King Bed 1 Bedroom Suite - C$165.00
  • 2 Double Beds 1 Bedroom Suite - C$175.00


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

Flight Discount

Air Canada Special Promotion Code: GZRRMJB1

Applicable Rules
The discount is applicable on the following routes:

From - To

ALL CANADA - Toronto All Airports (YTZ,YYZ) (ON)
ALL INTERNATIONAL - Toronto All Airports (YTZ,YYZ) (ON)
ALL SUN - Toronto All Airports (YTZ,YYZ) (ON)
ALL USA - Toronto All Airports (YTZ,YYZ) (ON)

  • The travel period begins Friday, January 19, 2024 and ends Sunday, February 04, 2024.
  • Travel is valid Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday.
  • For North America' 5% applies on standard fares, 10% on flex fares & higher. For International Travel' 10% on standard fares & higher.


VEX Ontario YouTube Channel

Day One

Judging Format

Digital Engineering Notebook Submissions:

  • Engineering notebooks will be submitted digitally for evaluation via a link found within the "My Account" panel of the team contact on RobotEvents.
  • Submission deadline: Jan 12th, 5PM EST

In Person Team Interviews:

  • ALL teams will receive in person interviews at the event.
  • Judging room schedule:
    • Jan 27 - 1-5PM
    • Jan 28 - 9-11AM


Please ensure that payment is submitted online at within two weeks of event registration. If we do not receive your payment by the specified due date, your team will be placed on the waiting list.

Note: please change the contribution from default to other, and enter $0.

Signature Event Early Bird Policy

  • All Signature Events will have a specific Early Bird Registration that is independent of all local/regional Early Bird systems
    • Each team starts the season with three (3) opportunities to register during the Signature Event Early-Bird period
      • An opportunity is taken away each time the team registers for a Signature Event, whether during the Signature Event Early-Bird period or Standard period
      • A Signature Event Early-Bird opportunity is not taken away if a team registers for a tournament hosted by their school or organization (where the team’s coach is the Event Partner)
    • Early Bird Registration will open 16 weeks before the event at 12:00PM EST
      • Note: Modifications to this may be made for events in August and September
    • Standard Registration will open 14 weeks before the event at 12:00PM EST
    • An Event Partner may register their own teams to their Signature Event during Signature Event Early Bird Registration no matter how many other Signature Events they are already registered for  
      • The Event Partner must be the Primary Contact for the teams they are registering

Floor Plan