A History of Canadian University Football
By Robert E. Watkins, B.A., M.Sc., Ph.D. - revised May 2006
Conference Membership - Quebec
Quebec Student Sport Federation (QSSF)
In 1988, the governing body of university sport in Quebec, the Quebec Universities Athletic Association (QUAA), became part of the QSSF which assumed responsibility for all levels of scholastic sport in the province--secondary, CEGEP and university.
As noted above, much of the earlier history of Quebec university football has been included in the Ontario section. However, when football conferences were structured along strictly provincial athletic association lines or where the majority of the teams in a conference were Quebec-based, these conferences are included here rather than elsewhere. The first such conference was the "B" Division of the OSL conference, later (in 1958) called the East Division of the OSLIAA conference.
1Amalagated with the Carleton University Ravens football program following the 1966 season.
|OSL "B" Division/OSLIAA East Division|
|Bishop's University Gaiters||1953 to 1966|
|Collège Militaire Royal||1953-1957, 1965-1966|
|Loyola College Warriors||1953 to 1962|
|Macdonald College Aggies||1953 to 1966|
|St. Patrick's College1||1953 to 1966|
Aside from McGill, which was a member of the CIRFU/SIFL/OQAA from 1898-1970 and those noted immediately above as participating in the OSL/OSLIAA, all other Quebec-based varsity football programs existing at the time participated in the OIFC which lasted until 1966. All but McGill participated in the CCIFC which existed from 1967 to 1970 (see Ontario section above for details).
The next solely based Quebec university football conference was the eleven-team Quebec University Athletic Association (QUAA) football conference which had a rather short-lived existence from 1971 to 1973.
|Quebec Universities Athletic Association (QUAA)|
|Blue Division||White Division|
|Bishop's Gaiters||1971-1973||Collège Militaire Royal||1971-1972|
|Loyola Warriors||1971-1973||Macdonald College||1971-1973|
|McGill Redmen||1971-1973||UQAM Citadens||1971-1972|
|Montréal Carabins||1971||UQTR Patriotes||1971-1973|
|RMC Redmen||1971||Sherbrooke Vert & Or||1971-1973|
|SGW Georgians||1971-1972|| || |
From 1974 to 1979, following the collapse of the QUAA football conference after the 1973 season, Quebec-based university football programs competed in the East Division of the OQIFC (see Ontario section above). As a result of the reorganization and renaming of the West Division of the OQIFC in 1980, the OQIFC East Division became known simply as the OQIFC with no division appellation. Also, the new OQIFC now had a championship trophy of its own to play for--the Dunsmore Cup, donated by Robert (Bob) L. Dunsmore who, at the age of 93, was the oldest living Queen's football alumnus.
|Ontario-Quebec Intercollegiate Football Conference (OQIFC)|
|Bishop's University Gaiters||1980-2000|
|Carleton University Ravens||1980-1998|
|Concordia University Stingers||1980-2000|
|Université Laval Rouge et Or||1996-2000|
|McGill University Redmen||1980-2000|
|University of Ottawa Gees Gees||1980-2000|
|Queen's University Golden Gaels||1980-2000|
Following the 2000 season, the University of Ottawa and Queen's University withdrew from the OQIFC in order to join the OUA football conference. As a result, in 2001 the OQIFC became simply the QSSF university football conference, more commonly known as the Quebec Intercollegiate Football Conference (QIFC) and latterly (2004) the Quebec University Football League (QUFL). The Dunsmore Cup continues to be emblematic of the conference championship.
|Quebec Intercollegiate Football Conference (QIFC)|
|Bishop's University Gaiters||2001-Present|
|Concordia University Stingers||2001-Present|
|Université Laval Rouge et Or||2001-Present|
|McGill University Redmen||2001-Present|
|Université de Montréal Carabins||2002-Present|
|Université de Sherbrooke Vert & Or||2003-Present|