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Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

Canada's Ahmad Zeividavi dives to block a shot in a goal ball game.

Rio 2016 Paralympic Games on AMI-tv

AMI is pleased to be working in partnership with CBC to present coverage of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. AMI-tv will air a total of 22 hours of Paralympic coverage from CBC including the opening and closing ceremonies. All coverage will be accessible to audience members who are blind or partially sighted with live described video. The full broadcast schedule is available below, with all times listed in ET. Please note AMI will not have any online coverage of the events in Rio. For more information regarding the 2016 Paralympic Games on CBC please visit


Opening Ceremony: Wednesday September 7 at 6:30 p.m.

2016 Paralympic Games on CBC:

  • Saturday, September 10 at noon
  • Saturday, September 10 at 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 10 at 10 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 11 at 1 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 11 at 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 17 at 3 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 17 at 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 18 at 2 p.m.

Closing Ceremony: Sunday, September 18 at 6 p.m.


In preparation for the the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games AMI-tv produced a one-hour documentary special called Are You #PARATOUGH? Join host Mark DeMontis on his journey to see if he’s got what it takes to be one of Canada’s next Paralympic champions. Mark, who is legally blind and a former high-level athlete himself, travels to Halifax to participate in the Paralympian Search event hosted by the Canadian Paralympic Committee, where he meets Para-athletes at different stages in their careers, all with dreams of representing Canada for Paralympic Games to come.

The documentary features members of the Canadian Paralympic team who will be competing at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, athletes who are being closely watched by the Canadian Paralympic team as potential competitors at future events, and rookie athletes who have signed up for the Canadian Paralympic Committee’s Paralympian Search, held across Canada. Athletes featured in Are You #PARATOUGH? include: Benoît Huot, Pam LeJean, Aurélie Rivard, Ross Wilson, and many more.