Reigning Olympic champions Canada have won the last two IIHF Women's World Championships ©Getty Images

Canada's women's world ice hockey champions will seek a third consecutive title next year on the home ice of Brampton in Ontario.

The 2023 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Women’s World Championship will take place from April 5 to 16 at Brampton's CAA Centre, where all the games will take place on the main rink.

The home side, who beat the United States at Calgary in 2021, in a stadium without spectators due to COVID-19 restrictions, retained the trophy in last year’s edition in the Danish venues of Herning and Frederikshavn.

Canada was appointed the host nation for the 2023 tournament several months ago, but the exact location has now been confirmed.

Canada will contest Group A with the US, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Japan, while Group B will consist of Finland, Sweden, Hungary, Germany and France.

All five Group A teams and the top three Group B teams will move to the final round.

The 2023 IIHF Women’s World Championship is the 22nd edition of the tournament.

Canada have won a record 12 gold medals, ahead of the Americans' nine, and have secured gold in six of eight editions played on home ice.

Brampton in Ontario will host next year's IIHF Women's World Championship ©Getty Images
Brampton in Ontario will host next year's IIHF Women's World Championship ©Getty Images

"Hockey Canada is proud to host the 2023 IIHF Women's World Championship with the Ontario Women's Hockey Association and we look forward to welcoming fans of all ages to Brampton in April as we celebrate the best women’s hockey players in the world," said Marin Hickox, director of women and girls hockey for Hockey Canada.

"The legacy of this tournament will go beyond the results on the ice, and we hope that it will inspire the next generation of girls to follow their hockey dreams and show them that they too can wear the Maple Leaf one day."

More than half of the players who recently won the 2022 IIHF Women's World Championship have played in the Ontario Women's Hockey Association, which will host its provincial tournaments over the final weekend of the World Championship, bringing in more than 15,000 female hockey players to Brampton and the surrounding communities.

"We are thrilled to bring this championship, which is one of the world top sporting events, back to Ontario, the hub of female hockey in the world," said Fran Rider, President and chief executive officer of the Ontario Women’s Hockey Association.

The most recent Women's World Championship hosted in Ontario brought nearly CAD15 million (£9million/$11million/€10.3million) of economic impact to Ottawa and surrounding communities in 2013, it is claimed.

"Being able to compete at the 2023 IIHF Women’s World Championship on home ice will be a very special time for Canada's National Women's Team," said Gina Kingsbury, director of hockey operations for Hockey Canada.