Hosting the 2026 Games means:
$4.4 billion into the local economy, creating jobs, prosperity and growth
$1 billion in wages for Calgarians – 15,400 jobs
The City of Calgary would need to invest $390 million
For every dollar Calgary invests, it gets $10 in return
With Open Arms
Rekindle the ﬂame to deliver an exemplary Games that engages our youth, builds vibrant communities and warmly welcomes the world.
Our Proposed Games Plan
Let’s be clear: the buck stops here. The bottom line is what matters most when evaluating the potential of any opportunity, but with responsible planning and stewardship, the Games can be a catalyst for building something that lasts.
A renewed & responsible way to host the Games
This is not a nostalgia exercise. We believe that it’s a fundamental privilege to ask big questions about the future of our city. To imagine what’s possible and to consider how, by hosting the 2026 Games, we can work together to realize many of our current community needs and priorities.
What’s needed is you! Our team is working tirelessly to listen, explore and engage with Calgarians about the vision for the 2026 Games so it can be an unparalleled community-building opportunity. We know that this is a city of thinkers and dreamers, volunteers and doers, entrepreneurs and creators, and we’re looking forward to finding the answers with you.
Our promise to you is simple: We will represent the diverse voices of Calgary in a responsible bid that reflects our values and builds our future together.
What to expect
We’ve built a Draft Hosting Plan Concept that begins to describe how the 2026 Games can make sense for Calgary and Canmore, including the renewal of existing facilities and delivery of new community facilities, the development of affordable housing, and a legacy program for future generations. It’s all happening fast, so here are some key dates you should know:
Sept. 11 Overview of the Draft Hosting Plan Concept is shared publicly. With guidance from our partners, including Calgary City Council, we are deciding that it is prudent to move forward with the plebiscite (public vote) on November 13.
Oct. 9 The International Olympic Committee announced the official Candidate cities vying for the opportunity to host the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. If designated, Calgary will officially enter the race to host the Games.
Nov. 6 The Town of Canmore will decide on their participation within the formal bid.
Nov. 6 & 7 Advance Voting is open! Be the first cast a vote and have your say on whether or not your city bids.
Nov. 13 Voting Day! It’s your chance to say whether you support or don’t support a Calgary bid to host the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.