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2026 Olympic Bid

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​UPDATE:  ​On April 2​3rd 2018, City Council voted by a wide margin to hold a city-wide plebiscite later this year to determine if taxpayers want to bid for the 2026 Olympic Winter Games. 

UPDATE:  ​On April 16th 2018, Councillor Ray Jones addressed City Council regarding his views on hosting the 2026 Olympics in relation to the 1988 Olympics.​​...



City of Calgary 2026 Olympic Bid 

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The City of Calgary is currently determining whether it is prudent to bid on the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. I​n order to decide whether there is justifiable benefit in declaring a bid to host the games, we are exploring the following:​

  • The financial viability of hosting the Games.
  • The possible risks of proceeding with a bid and hosting the Games.
  • Understanding the vision and legacy of pursuing the bid process and of potentially hosting the Games.
  • Stakeholder and government support.
  • International Olympic Committee (IOC) requirements.

The project team will address these items and provide a recommendation to City Council.

The City and its key partners (Government of Canada, Government of Alberta and the Canadian Olympic Committee) will make the decision to proceed with the bid process or not. All partners must be in agreement for a bid to proceed.

A decision to bid does not mean Calgary is assured of being selected as the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Host City. The City of Calgary has contributed $6 million to the bid exploration process.

More information can be found below about the City's considerations and the Exploration Phase of this process.

For full reports on Calgary's potential to bid, click here.

Benefits & Legacy:

Benefits and Legacy

The City's Olympic bid project team is working to understand the benefits and legacy of pursuing the bid process and of potentially hosting the Games. Learn More.

Venues & Logistics:

Venues & Logistics

The City’s Olympic bid project team is assessing existing infrastructure, determining costs for new facilities and engaging other cities to identify possible collaboration opportunities. Learn More.



The City's Olympic bid project team has successfully met established timelines during the exploration process and continues to work towards future targets. Learn More​.

This content represents the personal views and opinions of the Ward Councillor and should not be taken as a statement of policy of The City of Calgary. The inclusion of any external content does not imply endorsement by The City of Calgary.

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