The ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final® is the concluding event of the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating circuit. The series hosts six stops: United States (Skate America), Canada (Skate Canada International), Russia (Rostelecom Cup), France (Internationaux de France), China (Cup of China), and Japan (NHK Trophy). Skaters are awarded points based on their placements at their assigned events and the top six in each of the four disciplines advance to the final.
The event will also include the ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final 2018/19. The world’s top junior skaters also collect points to qualify, through seven events which change location yearly. The top six in men’s, ladies, pair and ice dance, based on the results of the Junior Grand Prix series, advance to the Junior Final.
In total, there will be 48 entries and 72 skaters taking part in the competition in both senior and junior.
This will be the city’s first time hosting this event. Vancouver has hosted the Canadian Tire National Skating Championships six times. They have also hosted several international figure skating events: the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships 2009, ISU World Figure Skating Championships 1960 & 2001 and the 1978 Skate Canada International.