Canadian Football League Expansion 1869-present

Canadian Football League Logo 1958-1969 [Ref: 3]

CFL Expansion 1869-present

1869Hamilton Football Club
1872Montreal Football Club
11873Toronto Argonauts (as Toronto Argonaut Football Club)
1876Ottawa Football Club
1879Winnipeg Football Club
1907IRFU formed (Interprovincial Rugby Football Union – Hamilton Tigers, Toronto Argonauts, Ottawa Rough Riders and Montreal FC)
1907Calgary City RFC
1907Edmonton City RFC
1909Grey Cup first played for
21910Saskatchewan Roughriders (as Regina Rugby Club)
31930Winnipeg Blue Bombers (as Winnipegs RFC)
1936WIFU formed (Western Interprovincial Football Union)
41938Edmonton Eskimoes
51945Calgary Stampeders
61946Montreal Alouettes
71950Hamilton Tiger-Cats (merger of Hamilton Tigers & Hamilton Wildcats)
81954British Columbia Lions
1956Canadian Football Council is formed
1958CFC resigns from Canadian Rugby Union, and renames itself the Canadian Football League
91982Montreal Alouettes renamed Concordes. Atlantic Schooners formed.
1986Montreal Concordes change name back to Alouettes
1987Montreal Alouettes fold
1993Sacramento Gold Miners
1994Las Vegas Posse, Baltimore FC and Shreveport Pirates
1995Birmingham Barracudas and Memphis Mad Dogs. Las Vegas Posse folds
1996Four of 5 US teams fold. The lone survivor, Baltimore Stallions moved to Montreal and renamed Alouettes.
1997Ottawa Rough Riders fold.
2002Ottawa Renegades
2006Ottawa Renegades fold
102014Ottawa REDBLACKS
Canadian Football League expansion 1869 – present [Ref: 1-2]

Note: Atlantic Schooners were founded in 1982, but had trouble building a stadium, and have been promoting Canadian Football in the Maritime Provinces since then in the form of hosting Preseason & Regular Season CFL games. Halifax City Council voted in 2019 in favour of building a stadium.


[1] Maher, Todd & Gill, Bob (2013) Canadian Pro Football Encyclopedia Historical Highlights pg. 1-2. Maher Sports Media, 2013.


[2] Canadian Football League (2019) Welcome to the new online home of the Atlantic Schooners [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 6 March 2020]


[3] Kids Encyclopedia facts | Kiddle (2019) Canadian Football League League facts for Kids [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 9 June 2019]


Thanks to Robert Burns.

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