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1936 in Canadian football

Teams from the WIFU and IRFU are restricted to a maximum of five imports and players who had lived in Canada for one full year were eligible to play in the Grey Cup game. The IRFU chose to adopt the rule for its regular season while the WIFU elected to ignore the rule.

The WIFU was formed in August with the Winnipegs, Calgary Bronks, and the Regina Roughriders.

The IRFU and WIFU adopted a two-game point series format for the playoffs. The series was played between first and second place teams.

A white ball was used in games that was being played underneath floodlights in Western Canada.

Intercollegiate teams stopped competing for the Grey Cup. The ORFU continued competing for the Grey Cup.

The Western Canadian Rugby Football Union remained as the governing body in western Canada. The WCRFU playoffs traditionally saw the MRFU and SRFU play in one semi-final while the ARFU and BCRFU would play in the other semi-final. The winners of the two semi-finals would face each other in the final.

At a mid-season meeting of the WCRFU, it was decided that the Winnipegs and Regina Roughriders would face each other in a playoff to determine which team would fill the slot left vacant by the MRFU. The Calgary Bronks were playing games in both the WIFU and ARFU and it was decided that Calgary would have to qualify for the playoffs by winning the ARFU.

These new playoff arrangements meant that the WIFU regular season was irrelevant. To give the WIFU games some significance, it was decided that if two WIFU teams met in the playoffs, the point differential in the standings were carry into the playoff game or series (the maximum advantage would be six points). When the Winnipegs and the Regina Roughriders met in their playoff series, the Winnipegs carried a 2-0 advantage (11 points versus 9 points in the standings). When the Regina Roughriders faced the Calgary Bronks in the WCRFU finals, the Roughriders started the game with a 5-0 lead (9 points versus 4 points in the standings).

In the SRFU, the Saskatoon Hilltops were initially crowned as provincial champions. The final game of the season had to be replayed because the Hilltops used two unregistered players. The Hilltops refused to post a bond which would cover the travel expenses for the Moose Jaw Millers. As a result, the Moose Jaw Millers won the game by default and in the process they became SRFU champions. The Millers chose not to compete in the playoff versus the Regina Roughriders.

On October 24, the BCRFU decided that it would not send a team to compete in the western playoffs. The BCRFU had decided in 1936 to extend it regular season to the end of November and it did not want to interrupt its season to accommodate the western playoffs.[1]


  • Regular season 1
    • Final regular season standings 1.1
  • Grey Cup playoffs 2
    • Division semi-finals 2.1
    • Division finals 2.2
  • Grey Cup Championship 3
  • 1936 Eastern (Combined IRFU & ORFU) All-Stars selected by Canadian Press 4
    • 1st Team 4.1
    • 2nd Team 4.2
  • 1936 Canadian Football Awards 5
  • References 6

Regular season

Final regular season standings

Note: GP = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, PF = Points For, PA = Points Against, Pts = Points

Western Interprovincial Football Union
Team GP W L T PF PA Pts
Winnipegs 8 5 2 1 104 37 11
Regina Roughriders 6 3 2 1 52 42 9
Calgary Bronks 6 1 5 0 17 94 4
  • Calgary-Regina games are worth 4 points.
Interprovincial Rugby Football Union
Team GP W L T PF PA Pts
Toronto Argonauts 6 4 2 0 74 37 8
Ottawa Rough Riders 6 3 3 0 49 63 6
Hamilton Tigers 6 3 3 0 62 71 6
Montreal Indians 6 2 4 0 45 59 4
Ontario Rugby Football Union
Team GP W L T PF PA Pts
Sarnia Imperials 4 3 1 0 102 27 6
Toronto Balmy Beach 4 3 1 0 62 35 6
Hamilton Tiger Cubs 4 0 4 0 5 117 0

Bold text means that they have clinched the playoffs.

Alberta Rugby Football Union
Team GP W L T PF PA Pts
Calgary Bronks 8 6 2 0 121 42 12
University of Alberta Golden Bears 5 4 1 0 30 20 8
Edmonton Hi-Grads 5 1 4 0 23 39 2
Lethbridge Bulldogs 6 1 5 0 14 87 2
Saskatchewan Rugby Football Union
Team GP W L T PF PA Pts
Moose Jaw Millers 4 2 1 1 14 23 5
Saskatoon Hilltops 4 2 2 0 26 11 4
Regina Roughriders 4 1 2 1 15 21 3

Grey Cup playoffs

Note: All dates in 1936

Division semi-finals

Game Date Away Home
WIFU Semi-Finals
1 October 24 Winnipegs 7 Regina Roughriders 4
2 October 31 Regina Roughriders 20 Winnipegs 5
  • Regina won the total-point series by 24–14 (Winnipegs started the series with a 2-0 lead).
Date Away Home
IRFU Semi-Finals
November 14 Ottawa Rough Riders 3 Hamilton Tigers 2

Division finals

Date Away Home
WCRFU Finals
November 17 Regina Roughriders 8 Calgary Bronks 1
  • Regina started the game with a 5-0 lead.
Date Away Home
ORFU Finals
November 21 Sarnia Imperials 11 Toronto Balmy Beach 7
  • Sarnia advanced to the Grey Cup game.
Game Date Away Home
IRFU Finals
1 November 21 Ottawa Rough Riders 5 Toronto Argonauts 1
2 November 28 Ottawa Rough Riders 17 Toronto Argonauts 5
  • Ottawa won the total-point series by 22–6.
  • Between their games, Ottawa allowed fewer points against with 8, while Regina allowed 13. By allowing fewer points against, the Ottawa Rough Riders advanced to the Grey Cup game.

Grey Cup Championship

December 5

24th Annual Grey Cup Game: Varsity StadiumToronto, Ontario

Sarnia Imperials (ORFU) 26 Ottawa Rough Riders 20
The Sarnia Imperials are the 1936 Grey Cup Champions

1936 Eastern (Combined IRFU & ORFU) All-Stars selected by Canadian Press

NOTE: During this time most players played both ways, so the All-Star selections do not distinguish between some offensive and defensive positions.

1st Team

2nd Team

1936 Canadian Football Awards


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