Full slate of nine pre-season games to be played; regular season kicks off June 9

TORONTO (May 19, 2022) – The Canadian Football League (CFL) announced today it is rescheduling the pre-season game between the Saskatchewan Roughriders and the visiting Winnipeg Blue Bombers that had been planned for Monday, May 23 to a new date and time: Tuesday, May 31 at 6:30 p.m. local/8:30 p.m. ET.

CFL players across the league are expected to practice today after the league and the Canadian Football League Players’ Association reached a tentative agreement on a new collective agreement (pending ratification) last night. It was agreed the Saskatchewan-Winnipeg pre-season game would be rescheduled to allow both teams more time to prepare.

This means CFL pre-season action will now kick off on Friday, May 27, when the Ottawa REDBLACKS host the Toronto Argonauts and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers host the Edmonton Elks, followed by two games on Saturday May 28, when the Calgary Stampeders host the BC Lions and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats host the Montreal Alouettes.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ visit to Saskatchewan to play the Roughriders, now scheduled for Tuesday, May 31, will be followed by four more pre-season games on Friday, June 3: the Ottawa REDBLACKS visit the Montreal Alouettes, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats visit the Toronto Argonauts, the Calgary Stampeders visit the Edmonton Elks and the Saskatchewan Roughriders visit the BC Lions.

The CFL’s 2022 regular season – its first full season since 2019 – begins on Thursday, June 9 when the Montreal Alouettes visit the Calgary Stampeders. On Friday June 10, the Ottawa REDBLACKS face the Blue Bombers in Winnipeg. Opening weekend wraps up Saturday, June 11 with a doubleheader: the Saskatchewan Roughriders host the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and the BC Lions host the Edmonton Elks.

Lucas Barrett

Associate Vice-President, Communications & Public Affairs, Canadian Football League


Get updates in your mailbox

By clicking "Subscribe" I confirm I have read and agree to the Privacy Policy.

About the Canadian Football League

Built on a foundation of more than 110 years of football tradition and history, the Canadian Football League features nine teams, millions of fans and a commitment to service to the community, as well as, elite sport. To stay up to date with CFL news, visit


50 Wellington Street East - 3rd Floor Toronto, ON M5E 1C8, CANADA

(416) 322-9650