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About the Olympic Bid Process

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Bid process details for the 2026 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games

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About the bid process

Bid process details for the 2026 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games

Purpose of participating in bid process

Bidding on an Olympic Games is as much about identifying a vision for Calgary’s future growth and development as it is about hosting an international sporting event.

The bid process gives us an opportunity to identify and prioritize unfunded infrastructure projects and upgrades (such as the new field house or new affordable housing projects), and examine whether or not an Olympic Games could be a catalyst for economic development and investment.

Since 1988, Calgary has been the host of choice for hundreds of national and international sporting events. The facilities built for the 1988 Games continue to serve Calgary’s amateur athletes and public recreation needs. The bid process allows us to evaluate whether investing in the lifecycle upgrades of these facilities are important to Calgary now and in the future.

Whether we bid for or are named the host city for the 2026 Games, the process of exploring a bid is good for Calgary, in that:

  • The work that the bid teams have completed could be transitioned to the Economic Development Investment Fund (EDIF) board. This information could be used in their economic development, job creation and marketing plans to help boost Calgary’s economy.
  • The exploration process allows all orders of government to identify shared priorities and vision for Calgary’s future.
  • Existing winter sport infrastructure and legacy projects will be assessed, allowing The City and its partners to understand what upgrades would be required to maintain service for the public and/or high-performance athletes, with or without the 2026 Games.

Costs

Cost of bidding on the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games

The bid cost is estimated at $30 million:

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

Cost of hosting the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games

The Calgary Bid Exploration Committee did a high-level cost estimate of Calgary hosting the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The CBEC final report is available for review.

While approximately $4.57 billion has been estimated by CBEC, BidCo’s scope of work will result in a more accurate cost estimate; including a venue-by-venue analysis, government (Federal, Provincial and Municipal) contributions, private sector partnerships, etc.

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