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Potential bid for the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games

On June 20, 2016, City Council accepted a recommendation from the Calgary Sport Tourism Authority (CSTA), or CSTA,  to form and fund a bid exploration committee.  Council also authorized up to $5M from the fiscal sustainability reserve to conduct the study. The confidential report and an independent third party study presented to Council is now available.


Current Status:

On September 19, 2016, The City of Calgary announced the membership and governance of the newly formed Calgary Bid Exploration Committee (CBEC). The CBEC will examine the costs, benefits and feasibility of Calgary hosting the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic WinterGames.

About the CBEC:

The CBEC consists of members of the public that demonstrate a blend of core expertise, attributes and is representative of Calgary’s diversity.
With Rick Hanson as Chair, the CBEC will be responsible to produce a Master Hosting Plan, which will provide a detailed analysis of potential costs to host the games, and include levels of investment required from the three orders of government.

In short, the Master Hosting Plan will inform The City of Calgary as to whether to formally submit a bid to host.

The Committee will report back to Council with its interim findings in January and April 2017, along with a recommendation  due to Council in July 2017.


Mayor Naheed Nenshi, City of Calgary: "Calgarians embrace the Olympic values and live the Olympic spirit. We believe Calgary has the potential to be a strong and natural contender to repeat as host of the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. However, there are lots of hard questions that must be answered so we can make an informed decision about whether or not Calgarians, as a community, want to bid for the games."

Doug Mitchell, Chair of CSTA: “We believe this is an opportunity to sustain and grow Calgary’s capacity as a world-class sport hub, grow our economy, create jobs, and provide a global showcase for Calgary’s arts and culture community. It would be an honour to pass the torch of Olympic civic pride and legacy to a new generation of Calgarians.”