Canadian Team Handball Federation

The Canadian Team Handball Federation, CTHF, is the governing body of team handball in Canada. It was founded in 1962[1] and joined the International Handball Federation the same year.[2]

Canadian Team Handball Federation
French: Fédération Canadienne de handball par équipe

IOC nationCanada (CAN)
National flag
Other Sports
Year of formation1962; 59 years ago (1962)
Membership size8 Members
International federationInternational Handball Federation (IHF)
IHF member since1962
Continental associationNorth America and the Caribbean Handball Confederation
National Olympic CommitteeCanadian Olympic Committee
Other affiliation(s)
PresidentDavid Lee
Country Canada
Secretary GeneralFrancois Lebeau

The CTHF is a member of the North America and the Caribbean Handball Confederation and the Commonwealth Handball Association. The CTHF is made up of the following voting member provinces: British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia.

The CTHF sanctions three national tournaments each year for three categories, senior (22 and over), junior (21 and under), and juvenile (19 and under) both men and women subcategories exist within each age category. The tournaments are hosted and organized by one of the member provinces. The winner of the tournament is awarded the title of National Champions for the year until the tournament is held again.

National Teams

The Canada men's and Women's senior national handball team competes under Pan-American Team Handball Federation (PATHF) Both teams have never qualified for their respective IHF World championships and Olympic Games. The men's team have competed in the Pan American games six times and the woman have competed five times since Handball was introduced at the 1987 Pan am games in Indianapolis. The Men's team best finish is fourth in 1987 and 1991. The women's team best finish has been second three times in 1987, 1995 and 1999. There was no competition held for women in the 1991 edition of the tournament. Both teams are trying to qualify for the 2019 edition in Lima, Peru. Canada's men's team has won one silver and two bronze at the Pan American Men's Handball Championship.

Tournaments Hosted

Canada has hosted the 1999 Pan Am Games handball tournament in Winnipeg, Manitoba and the 2015 Pan Am Games handball tournament in Toronto, Ontario. These events were hosted by the Canadian Olympic Committee not by the Canadian Team Handball Federation. However Canada Handball did get to attend because of automatic qualification.

See also


  1. "Team Handball". Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  2. "Canadian Team Handball Federation". International Handball Federation. Retrieved 17 March 2018.