16 men’s and 16 women’s teams based on both the World Curling Tour’s Order of Merit (OOM) and year-to-date (YTD) rankings as of Dec. 5th, 2016, will be invited to participate.
• The top 7 teams based on the OOM ranking will receive an invitation.
• The top 7 teams based on the YTD ranking will also be invited.
• 1 spot reserved for the winner of the Tour Challenge Tier 2 event.
• 1 spot is available for a sponsor’s exemption. The Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling reserves the right to implement a sponsor’s exemption in both the men’s and women’s divisions in which one spot could be filled at their discretion.
This qualification breakdown will be applied in both the men’s and women’s divisions to complete the 16 team field of the Canadian Open.
As there will be teams ranked in the top 7 on both OOM and YTD lists we will go down both lists evenly until the field is complete (beginning with OOM and continuing to YTD).