The mission of the Canadian Bridge Federation is to promote bridge within Canada and to protect and advance the national interests of Canadian bridge, including the selection and support of Canadian bridge teams and players for international bridge competition.
The Canadian Bridge Federation (CBF) is the national bridge organization responsible for promoting and protecting the rights and interests of Canadian bridge players both domestically as well as at the international level.
Domestically we are the voice of bridge to the Canadian government and the Canadian Olympic Committee. We are always looking for ways to gain government recognition and support for our sport.
As a recognized partner of the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) we ensure that the ACBL recognizes and supports the special needs and interests of Canadian bridge players.
As a member of the World Bridge Federation (WBF) we work hard to protect Canadian interests in international bridge, including our eligibility to send Canadian representatives to the world championships.
Volunteers are the lifeblood of the CBF. At the zonal and national levels, the CBF has been blessed with talented leadership, men and women who have given of their time and energies to manage the affairs of the CBF which include:
- The organization of the annual Canadian Bridge Championships (CBC) used to determine the Canadian representatives to the world championships. The CBC events include the Canadian National Team Championship (CNTC), the Canadian Women Team Championship (CWTC), the Canadian Seniors Team Championship (CSTC), the Canadian Mixed Team Championship (CMTC), and the Canadian Open Pairs Championship (COPC).
- Management of the CBF Charitable Fund to ensure that money raised in charity games in Canada is used exclusively to assist national and regional Canadian charities. To date the CBF Charitable Fund has donated over $1,250,000 to numerous charities across Canada.
- Junior development through the CBF Junior Program which trains, selects and subsidizes junior teams to represent Canada in the World Youth Team Championships. In addition, the CBF Junior Development Fund is used to support grassroots events that help bring more young players into bridge. We are proud that some Canadian world class players such as Fred Gitelman, Geoff Hampson, Gavin Wolpert and Daniel Korbel are a product of the CBF Junior Program.
- Administration of the Erin Berry Memorial Trust Fund which helps Canadian players up to 19 of age with expenses incurred to attend bridge events.
- Production of the bimonthly Bridge Canada magazine
- Maintenance of the federation’s website to provide information and news to all players
- Organization of the annual CBF International Fund Regional
- Organization of several Canada-wide club level games including the Helen Shields Rookie-Master pairs, Erin Berry Rookie-Master pairs, and the CBF Sectional Tournament at Clubs (STAC).
If you are a Canadian bridge player here is how you can help support all this work conducted on your behalf:
- Give your suggestions for improving Canadian bridge to the CBF board and volunteer to help out when needed;
- Play in our Canadian charity, junior fund, and international fund games at your club and encourage your club to hold these games; and
- Become a member of the CBF and enjoy the benefits of the CBF membership.