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Potential bid for the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games

The City of Calgary has contracted the Calgary Bid Exploration Committee (CBEC) to conduct a feasibility study into whether The City should participate in the formal bid process with the International Olympic Committee to host the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

CBEC’s role is to explore and weigh all factors and make a recommendation to determine if a 2026 Olympic Paralympic Winter Games bid is feasible and prudent. Council will make the decision on whether to proceed with a formal bid.

We are interested in your opinion, thoughts and ideas, please call 311 to let us know what you think, so far.


July 24, 2017

On July 24, 2017, CBEC will present their findings and final recommendation which includes their conclusion regarding if a 2026 Olympic Paralympic Games is feasible and prudent. Following CBEC’s presentation, City Administration will assess CBEC’s work and provide their recommendation to Council. Council will make the decision on whether to proceed with a formal bid.

July 18, 2017

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

July 7, 2017

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.

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.

The research was conducted by Stone-Olafson, CBEC’s official research partner for the feasibility study. Between March 6 - 19, 2017, live interviewers used Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI) technologies as well as an online platform to conduct the surveys and collect data.

For more information, please see our 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.

The City's recent and upcoming reports

  • Olympic Bid Exploration Update (2017-0097) – January 23, 2017
  • Olympic Bid Exploration Update – April 28, 2017
  • Olympic Bid Exploration Update - June 19, 2017
  • Olympic Bid Exploration Update – final report and recommendation – July 2017