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Potential bid for the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games

In June 2016, Calgary City Council accepted a recommendation from the Calgary Sport Tourism Authority to explore the feasibility of Calgary pursuing a bid for the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Following this, The City of Calgary contracted the Calgary Bid Exploration Committee (CBEC) to conduct a feasibility study to glean whether the benefits outweigh the costs of planning and hosting the 2026 Olympic Paralympic Winter Games.

On July 24, 2017 CBEC presented their recommendations to Council which concluded that a bid for the 2026 Olympic Paralympic Winter Games is feasible.  On July 31, 2017 City Administration will present their evaluation of CBEC’s work and their recommendations to Council. Council’s decision will determine if there will be a transition from an Exploration Phase to an Invitation Phase.

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CBEC project updates and findings:

July 24, 2017

On July 24, 2017, CBEC presented their findings and final recommendation which concluded that hosting a 2026 Olympic Paralympic Games is feasible. 

Due to the competitive nature of this work and in respecting confidential information as it relates to venue operators/other key stakeholders, it is integral to keep parts of CBEC’s final report confidential. Administration wants to ensure a transparent process is followed and to this end will share as much information as possible.

CBEC’s report with some redactions has been provided which provides an overview of their findings and shows the work that has led to the recommendations that CBEC will be presenting on July 24.

July 18, 2017

CBEC has written a Report to Citizens which provides a summary of their findings.

June 19, 2017

At the June 19 Strategic Session of Council, CBEC presented their research and investigation techniques to help citizens and Council understand the process they have undertook to determine if a 2026 Olympic Paralympic Winter Games bid is feasible and prudent.

The City’s evaluation team has reviewed CBEC’s submission, as well as, a consultant and academics. The results of these evaluations will help form Administration’s recommendation. CBEC will be presenting their recommendations at the July 24 Council meeting.

May 16, 2017

CBEC has released the results of a formal quantitative survey that was launched in an effort to understand public opinions surrounding a potential 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (OPWG) bid. Almost 2,000 respondents from Calgary, Canmore, Banff and Cochrane were surveyed via telephone and online, and asked a series of questions about a potential 2026 OPWG bid.

For more information, please see CBEC's media release.

May 1, 2017

On May 1, CBEC released an interim report which provided a preview of their work to-date and a report to the community which introduced some new concepts and insights into the committee's progress: 

As this report is an interim draft, not all sections have been fully developed and conclusions are still being determined. CBEC will present the final report and recommendation to Council in July 2017.