The Charlottetown Host Committee, after consultation with their local Chief Public Health Office, has cancelled the 61st Canadian Championship scheduled to start March 24th at the Montague Curling Club. The Canadian Firefighters Curling Association says that restrictions in place on PEI, which include restrictions on sporting events, limited numbers at gatherings, quarantine upon arrival on the Island, have made it impossible for the Host Committee to make any commitments, financial or otherwise, to the CFFCA and local businesses and suppliers. With no guarantee these restrictions will be lifted in time for the event, the Host Committee felt it was best to make the decision now before any more time, effort, or money was spent, both by them and participating teams. They have spoken with Dale Nixon, who is slated to be the Host Convenor for the 2023 Championship, and he would be agreeable to deferring for another year (again) should the Committee in PEI decide to host in 2023. They are hoping to be allowed to have a Committee meeting sometime in February at which time they will discuss future hosting possibilities. The Association knows that some provinces have held Provincial playdowns or have them scheduled in the next few weeks and is discouraged this was the decision that had to be made, but the health and safety of all was an all-important consideration.