Who is responsible for the Hosting Plan and a bid for the 2026 Winter Games?


Calgary 2026 Bid Corporation/La Société de la candidature de Calgary 2026 (Calgary 2026) was incorporated on June 7, 2018, with the sole mandate of the development and promotion of a bid to host the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

Calgary 2026 is led by Chief Executive Officer Mary Moran and will complete the bid exploration and development work that began in 2016. The 21-member Calgary 2026 Board of Directors is led by Chair Scott Hutcheson and is responsible for strategic oversight of the bid. The Board also includes representation from:

  • Government of Canada (3)
  • Government of Alberta (3)
  • City of Calgary (3)
  • Town of Canmore (1)
  • At Large, including one Indigenous representative (2)
  • Canadian Olympic Committee (3)
  • Canadian Paralympic Committee (1)
  • Members yet to be appointed (4)


How much will the bid cost?


The cost of preparing a bid for the 2026 Games is estimated at $30 million, with funding from three sources:

  • Government of Canada: $10.5 million
  • Government of Alberta: $10 million
  • City of Calgary: $9.5 million


What is the status of the municipal plebiscite?


Calgary City Council has approved a plebiscite (vote) in respect to Calgary hosting the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Vote 2018 will take place Tuesday, November 13, with the following question on the ballot:

Are you for or are you against Calgary hosting the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games?

__ I am for Calgary hosting

__ I am against Calgary hosting

The plebiscites is not binding. It will be used to inform City Council on the public sentiment before they decide whether to commit funds to a bid.


When will the bid be submitted?


If all the parties decide to pursue a bid and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) selects Calgary to be a Candidate City for the 2026 Winter Games in October, 2018, Calgary will submit a Candidature Questionnaire to the International Olympic Committee in January 2019.


When will the Games be awarded?


The election of the 2026 Host City takes place in June 2019 at the IOC Session.


What will it cost to host the Games?


It’s critical to separate the public investment ($3.0 billion) from the operating costs of the Games ($2.4 billion), and those numbers should not be added because there is some overlap.

The $3.0 billion in public investment will: refurbish legacy sport facilities; build two new sport and recreation facilities; fund new housing in Calgary and Canmore; provide security and other essential services; and contribute to operating the Paralympic Winter Games for the first time in Calgary. That number also includes generous contingencies and legacy funding for facility operations and programming after the Games.

The $2.4 billion cost of operating the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games will be 91 per cent privately funded through revenue from the IOC, domestic sponsorship and ticket sales. The remaining 9 per cent ($218 million) is a contribution to the Paralympic Games, ensuring that the Paralympics are an aligned and inclusive event.

Calgary has among the lowest stocks of affordable and social housing in Canada and Canmore faces similar housing challenges.


How many new facilities will be built?


We intend to renew and modernize eight existing facilities in Calgary and three mountain facilities including several venues from the 1988 Olympic Winter Games. This will bring the legacy facilities up to world-class, fully accessible standards and strengthen Calgary’s position as Canada’s winter sports centre of excellence.

The 2026 Olympic Winter Games will have approximately twice as many events as the 1988 Games and Calgary will host its first Paralympics Games. The Plan therefore includes two new facilities in Calgary – a mid-sized arena and a fieldhouse that will be converted to a summer multisport facility post Games.

As well, the draft Hosting Plan Concept envisions building athletes’ villages in Calgary and Canmore that will be converted into housing, including 600 affordable housing units and 200 units of seniors’ accommodation as well as initiatives for more housing for students and urban Indigenous Peoples.


What is the total funding commitment from governments?


This is a responsible and cost-effective bid with a total public investment of approximately $3 billion that would be split between the municipal, provincial and federal governments. The budget includes operating and capital contingencies that total more than $1.1 billion to mitigate risk leading up to and including the delivery of the Games.


Some previous Games have gone over budget. Are you concerned?


In addition to generous contingences built into the budgets, our draft Hosting Plan Concept is aligned with the IOC’s Agenda 2020 and the New Norm approach to hosting the Games. This approach makes the Games simpler and less expensive to host while putting a greater priority on legacy and sustainability.

For every Calgary dollar invested, our calculations suggest the leverage is five times that original dollar amount.


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