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Teams were restricted to a maximum of five imports, and only players who had lived in Canada for a full year could compete in the Grey Cup game. [1] When Regina won the West, five of their imports were declared illegal by the Canadian Rugby Union (CRU). Regina offered to drop the players for the Grey Cup, but the CRU would not allow them to play for the cup. Instead, the Grey Cup was a contest between the Sarnia Imperials of the Ontario Rugby Football Union (ORFU) and the Ottawa Rough Riders of the Interprovincial Rugby Football Union (IRFU). Sarnia won their second and last Grey Cup with a powerful line-up that included future Hall of Famers Hugh (Bummer) Stirling and Ormond Beach. [2]


The Western Interprovincial Football Union (WIFU) was formed in August with the Winnipegs, Calgary Bronks, and the Regina Roughriders. [1]

The IRFU and WIFU adopted a two-game point series format for the playoffs. The series was played between first and second place teams. [1]

A white ball was used in games played under floodlights in Western Canada. [1]

Intercollegiate teams stopped competing for the Grey Cup. [1]

The Regina Roughriders fielded two teams; the main, or "big" team in the WIFU, and the "little" Roughriders who played in the last SRFU season.

The Calgary Bronks played a full schedule in the Alberta Rugby Football Union including some games which conflicted with the WIFU schedule. For the open dates, the Bronks fielded the same team that was competing in the WIFU (5 games). For the remaining three games, the Bronks fielded a second team which was referred to as the Calgary Bronks 'B'. The final game of the regular season saw the Calgary Bronks square off against the University of Alberta Golden Bears. These teams were the two top teams in the ARFU, so it was decided that in addition to being the final regular season game, the game would also determine the ARFU championship.

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
Winnipegs 85211043711
Regina Roughriders 632152429
Calgary Bronks 615017944
  • Calgary-Regina games are worth 4 points.
Interprovincial Rugby Football Union
Toronto Argonauts 642074378
Ottawa Rough Riders 633049636
Hamilton Tigers 633062716
Montreal Indians 624045594
Ontario Rugby Football Union
Sarnia Imperials 4310102276
Toronto Balmy Beach 431062356
Hamilton Tiger Cubs 404051170

Bold text means that they have clinched the playoffs.

Saskatchewan Rugby Football Union
Moose Jaw Millers421114235
Saskatoon Hilltops422026114
Regina "Little" Roughriders412115213
Alberta Rugby Football Union
Calgary Bronks "B" side 86201214212
University of Alberta Golden Bears541030208
Edmonton Hi-Grads All Stars514023392
Lethbridge Bulldogs615014872
British Columbia Rugby Football Union
Vancouver Athletic Club Wolves 7520523610
Vancouver Meralomas 7520823610
North Shore Lions725021634
University of British Columbia Varsity30305250

Grey Cup playoffs

Note: All dates in 1936

BCRFU tie-breaker playoff

WIFU Semi-Finals
1December 5 Vancouver Meralomas 0 Vancouver Athletic Club Wolves 7

Division semi-finals

WIFU Semi-Finals
1October 24 Winnipegs 7 Regina Roughriders 4
2October 31 Regina Roughriders 20 Winnipegs 5
IRFU Semi-Finals
November 14 Ottawa Rough Riders 3 Hamilton Tigers 2
WIFU - SRFU Semi-Final
November 7 Regina Roughriders Moose Jaw Millers
ARFU - BCRFU Semi-Final
November 7 Calgary Bronks "B" side Vancouver Athletic Club Wolves

Division finals

WCRFU Finals
November 11 Regina Roughriders 8 Calgary Bronks "B" side 1
ORFU Finals
November 21 Sarnia Imperials 11 Toronto Balmy Beach 7
  • Sarnia advanced to the Grey Cup game.
IRFU Finals
1November 21 Ottawa Rough Riders 5 Toronto Argonauts 1
2November 28 Ottawa Rough Riders 17 Toronto Argonauts 5
  • Ottawa won the total-point series 22–6 and 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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  1. 1 2 3 4 5 "CANADIAN FOOTBALL TIMELINES (1860 – 2005)" (PDF). footballcanada.com. Archived from the original (PDF) on 9 January 2017. Retrieved 11 October 2019.
  2. "Year: 1936". www.cflapedia.com. Retrieved 2019-10-11.
  3. BCRFU forfeit game by deciding not to participate in Western playoffs. Numerous reasons were given, including cost and interrupting BCRFU schedule.
  4. Gridders Call Off Playoff, The Vancouver Sun - Oct 24, 1936
  5. Regina spotted five points to start the game as when WIFU organized, "it was agreed by all teams that the points separating the teams in the league standings would be carried into the western playdowns." Regina had a five point differential in points over Calgary in the WIFU standings.
  6. The Calgary Daily Herald - Nov 10, 1936